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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Blogging is something I've considered doing for a while however I didn't think it'd be this difficult. My name is Masonia, meaning "She Leads". However, somewhere along the way I got lost I think, maybe I was confused and got stuck or maybe I just took a breather as a...

Defining Safe

I feel my most safest when I'm in an airplane amongst the clouds
In the sand at the foot of an ocean or near flowing water
With my boyfriend
With my children
Sometimes with my mom
I feel safe when I dance
I feel safe when I read books

My Journey Back to JOY

There are things that people may not recognize about me because they've just started getting to know me in the last 8 years but I noticed that there are parts of my heart that seem to have hardened. The freedom of constant joy has been snatched away from me a...

Live or die

I absolutely hate taking medicine. Especially this HIV shit. They told me at the beginning that I would have to take medicine everyday. But damn y'all ... I really gotta take medicine everyday. It's like this anchor that reminds me daily of my positive HIV status.

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Learning to Swim

When I was a child, 5 or 6 years old, we lived on the banks of the Tennessee River.  I couldn’t swim so I had to wear a life jacket anytime I wanted to go by the water, one night my dad and some friends were fishing on the dock and I was with them, I was wearing my life jacket but for whatever reason I can no longer remember,...


Seven years ago today I met the man that would become both the best and worst memories, and love, I have known to date. Sitting at a meeting, our eyes locked and we were connected from that moment forward. Today would have been our seven year anniversary.

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I No Longer Want to Hide Within Myself #NBHAAD #BlackAIDSDay

I have been positive for two years now and public for one. See, I exposed my status on Facebook live and I went viral, literally.

I exposed myself because I felt like I was hiding, hiding a part of me all because I only had some basic knowledge and false myths about HIV/AIDS. I feared people were going to treat me differently like I was nasty and contagious.


The day I was diagnosed...

The day I was diagnosed will forever live in my heart. My sister and my mother were the first people that I told and there reaction is why I feel so alone even in a room of people. The first words they said to me were: I did it to myself. No one is to know.

I have no one who understands. Then I found the The Well Project...


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Intro - Nitanita

Nitanita.My name is Nitanita. I'm California-born and raised, 55 years old, Black, single, and have two adult kids and two grandkids. I'm a professional currently working in field of behavioral/mental health and recovery for over 25 years. I earned my bachelor's of science degree in human services in 2016, and...

Don't Have To Dress How You Feel

A Girl Like Me blogger, Justine.Did you know getting dressed up is a form of self-care? I literally did not think of it as self-care until now. Self-care to me is anything that brings me pleasure. Getting dressed up, nails, hair and makeup done is what makes me feel my...

Pleasure in Leather

Deer leather shoulder bag, handmade by Katie.As I'm sure many of you know by now that I live with severe depression and anxiety along with ADHD, OCD, and PTSD (damn, that's a lot of alphabet, lol), I can get down pretty easily and sink into the thoughts and feelings in...

Positive power

Many hands together in a circle.My lovely people,

Have you ever had a dilemma where you had to choose between what is best for you as a person or for us a HIV community? Last week I had to make such a choice. While getting ready for the 19th European...

And Then Life Went On...

Masonia Traylor.I was reflecting on myself and realized I'm willing to make the mistakes. It may not feel good when I do, however I learn so much from those mistakes. From believing in myself and the lack thereof at times. To holding grudges to venting to moving on. ...

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