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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Intro - Precious Kaniki

Headshot of Precious Kaniki.I wanted to be an electrical engineer. Then, at 14 years old, I was told I am HIV positive. Many young girls and women do vividly remember how they were told about their HIV diagnosis. Perhaps this news changed them for the better or worse. I remember...

Grief

Escalice, pregnant, standing with family members.I've experienced grief a few times throughout my life for different reasons. I was not prepared for the grief I would feel after my grandfather died. I lost my grandfather to cancer in April of last year. Just five days before my husband and I...

Happy New Month

The month of March has been an amazing one for me and I wish that this new month shall be more fruitful for you all. Just keep doing the little incredible and amazing things you do in your various communities. Because we can't tell how impactful and life changing are...

Intro - PixiePower

A travel enthusiast, a recent dog mom, foodie, a corporate worker, I entered a new phase of my life in 2019 when I got officially married to this virus (after my diagnosis). It was one of those nights filled with anxiety – a year after my diagnosis. Staying awake meant...

You don't have to.

You don't have to.
You. Don't. Have. To.
No tienes. Tu n'as pas.
I can't repeat it enough.
You do not have to take everything that comes to you. Not everything you find is yours to pick up and not everything you pick up is yours...

What We NOT Gon' Do...

Respectfully that ship has sailed.

I've fought something bigger in the last 2+ years and found something even greater within myself. I don't like for people to whisper "HIV" to me- nah... say it with your chest. It's not a SITUATION, it's a diagnosis. If it were cancer, you'd say...

My Inner Scientist

Have you ever had a bone for science? I used to when I was growing up. I remember I used to want to be a scientist, I had so many questions about so many things and I wanted to know everything. I enjoyed running my little experiments to see what...

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A Silenced Family

Headstone of blogger's aunt and cousin.Growing up there were no stories about the birds and the bees, periods or HIV. These conversations were never had with my parents and so the cycle continued. This is a common theme among families of minority descent and mine was not exempt.

After having...

Owning a Handbag Doesn't Make You a Handbag

Lotus flowers in a pond.I am a 59-year-old woman. Almost 8 months ago I received an HIV-positive diagnosis.

Unexpected, surprising, incomprehensible, and unfair. With these four adjectives I can describe that first impact that the diagnosis generated in me. It was as if the floor had cracked and the ceiling...

Trusting Being Alive

A Girl Like Me blogger, Positive Sunbeam. As the days continue to get shorter and darker, accessing my resilience is the practice that reminds me I am whole, lovable, safe, and worthy of family, community, and connection.

Living from the place of hope that humanity cares and loves deeply, while...

Children are the future

Children sitting on the floor.After five years absence, this year I was finally able to visit my Motherland Burundi again. My big dream was to rejoin the school children, parents and teachers in my village Murira, part of the commune of Gihanga. I really wanted to check how the primary...

Hi,So I recently gave birth...

Hi, So I recently gave birth to my first child. I experienced the stigma at every turn with OBs, the hospital I delivered at, and now my pediatrician. It seems difficult to find the support I deserve in Phoenix. I would really benefit from connecting with more moms in Phoenix. I just had my first child and have experienced the stigma at every turn. I’m hoping to connect with moms...

Intro - Flor de Loto

Lotus flowers in water.59 year old woman, sociologist, yoga instructor, and naturally curious. With a high sense of loyalty and seeking to live and act with purpose.

Why Flor de Loto wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: Because I believe in the healing power of groups...

To Live Again

Ilustración de una mujer parada de lado con una luz amarilla rodeándola y un rayo rojo detrás de ella.I left home when I was 14 and I started drinking and doing drugs. I always felt like 'less' than other girls. I'd get blood tests since I was sexually active, even...

Welcome Back to USCHA

Kimberly Canady in front of USCHA sign.I remember attending USCHA in 2016 and feeling out of place, unsure of my next moves, and feeling defeated in all aspects of my life. I remember being ready to give up and walk away from HIV work FOREVER (please insert Cardi B voice)...

My Story: Part Five (The Good Part)

Heather O'Connor and her family.Following our trip to California, I continued mourning my life before HIV. In the midst of the daily funerals I would have for my "old self," I was still waiting, and in some ways hoping (praying) that this was not my reality. You see, I'd tested...

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