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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Risk and Reward

Angel Stetson.Take a chance on me... stop and breathe.

Step Out from the Shade, lean on me instead.

Know your worth and never forget.

Risk losing the muck the yuck and the BS.

Take a chance on yourself, the Reward will be great.

Meet up with yourself in a whole...

A Lotus Flower Transforms

A woman surrounded by lotus flowers.
Illustration by Lena Gacek
**Content Warning** This piece discusses violence, including sexual abuse

I'd like to start my story the way it started when I was just six years old. My mom...

We Are Not Tokens. We Are Human Beings.

Maria Mejia.You know what? People living with HIV are not your tokens! We demand respect for the organizations that serve us to practice MIPA and GIPA! The more that I observe the guts of AIDS Inc., the more disgusted I become, and I will always speak up! It's like a...


Marcya Gullatte.I have been to the United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) several times in my 30 years of living with HIV. Although this year was different, because I am a scholarship recipient of the 2023-2024 HIV 50+ Strong & Healthy Program. This program started in 2016 and this is...

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