A Girl Like Me (AGLM), a program of The Well Project, is a blog where women ( cis and trans The Well Project serves women across the gender spectrum. (More about gender identity)) can share their experiences and promote understanding of HIV. Millions of women around the globe are living with HIV, yet many feel they are alone in their disease and isolated in their day-to-day experiences. The goals of AGLM are to help normalize HIV; and to create a safe space for women living with HIV from around the world to speak out and share their experiences – with each other, and with those seeking a support community.

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Pregnancy, Birth, and HIV

I've spoken briefly about finding out I was living with HIV when I got pregnant with my daughter, but I haven't really spoken on the entire experience. Although I have come to terms with my status and even embrace it, thinking back to that time can still be painful. I...

See Me

As a woman of transgender experience, I remember a time in my life when hiding was a detrimental part of my entire existence, or as I thought at the time. I thought my world would fall apart if anyone ever knew the truth of the secret I carried, the true...

Mid-Term Survivor

12 years, 10 months.

Approximately 4,687.27 days.

A few drug regimens.

Stigmatizing traumas.

A HIV- negative child.

What feels like 1,000 and 1 doctor's appointments.

502 stabs to my left arm.

Because that's where my good veins are at.

Rejection.

Lonely, tear-filled nights.

And I'm STILL not a long-term survivor...

To the Newly Diagnosed

Take your time.

Your life just changed in a very drastic way and all of the feelings you are feeling right now are completely valid- anger, sadness, fear- allow yourself to feel them all.

Surround yourself with support. If not a person close to you, an animal, if not an...

I Continue Surviving and Fighting

I want to thank everyone that has wished me a happy bday! Every year is a miracle to me! I was given max to live till the age of 28 and I am a proud 48 year old today. I am truly blessed and I thank every good and bad...

A Story and a Friendly Reminder

I recently took an impromptu trip to the Dominican Republic for some R&R with my girls! And while COVID is still very much a factor, I just kept repeating YOLO in my head.

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE

So I packed my bathing suit, sunscreen, face masks, hand sanitizer and my...

You Don't Want to Discuss HIV?

The trajectory of HIV has changed dramatically in just a few decades. Back in the early days of the epidemic, contracting HIV basically meant progressing to full-blown AIDS and death. Now, thanks to antiretroviral drugs and other therapies, individuals with HIV often can keep the virus at bay, avoid transmitting...

Beyond HIV!!

This has just been running through my mind for a while now.

When I tested positive for the HIV virus, I immediately felt that it was the worst that could happen to me! So, I started preparing my seven-year-old son for the ultimate: my untimely death! However, I did not...

More Women…Please?

By Gina Brown, RSW

The week of March 6 – March 10, 2021 I had the privilege of attending the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). This was my first time attending this conference, a conference made up of researchers, scientists, community members, and others. There were daily Breakfast...

My First CROI

I just attended my first CROI (Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections). It was also my first virtual conference and my first conference since the quarantine apocalypse began, lol. When I applied to attend CROI, I was excited for several reasons: 1) because I've heard about CROI many times but...

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Living in a Single Room...

Living in a Single Room Occupancy in New York.

Things have really changed since the early 2000's .Am in Manhattan they have always been coed. But now the younger LGBTQIA. Has taken a higher president's in these places. More drugs ,over doses , and solicit sex are happening. Now that it the hotter months more violence will happen. I just pray not in here. We have no curfew...

Talented migrant

My lovely people, can you explain to me why white people coming to Africa are quickly called "experts", but people of African descent in Europe are often called "refugees, migrants, or illegals"?

After I married my husband, in the different countries in Africa we lived in I became the "expert's...

Never Settle!

Hi all, as an aging member of our community I have seen and dealt with a lot of issues.

Yesterday during a group conference call regarding health and aging with HIV, I learned that a drug I took for my HIV back 20 years ago was the probable cause for...

New Start

A diagnosis of HIV can be devastating; and it brings with it a mix of thoughts and emotions that turn the mind and the heart inside out. Yet in light of one's diagnosis, the human desire to be cherished, loved and supported cannot be extinguished. They are an intrinsic part of being human.

Every person has a desire to experience life’s goodness, with all of its joys and personal accomplishments,...

When you are first...

When you are first diagnosed, it feels like you have been given a life sentence. You feel isolated and alone. You are left within the whirlwind of your thoughts and emotions. It is a mental and emotional roller coaster of coming to terms with the new reality that you have HIV.

Though it can be seen as a life sentence in terms of it being a lifelong medical condition, you...

I want the world to know

In May 2014 I finally told my secret; I published a note called "The Hidden Truth" on facebook to inform everyone about my HIV. I had been thinking about coming out of the closet for many years and that day I was ready to share my reality and prepared to...

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