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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It's Your Choice

When I was little I loved the color pink. I was so small for my age I still wore toddler sizes in first grade. I liked Dora the Explorer and Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus). I wanted to wear dresses all the time and for a while I didn't speak any...

HIV vs. Dignity

First, I'm going to start by telling you the story of a young woman who had no strength, no self-confidence and no dignity. The story of this young woman is my own and it's a story I've only ever shared with one person, oddly enough, someone I had sworn to...

Intro - Tranisha Arzah

August 1st will be my 25th anniversary of positively living with HIV! It hasn't always been a positive experience but I can now say I am very happy with my positive status. I have always said that being HIV positive is only just a part of me because as Audre...

Start Treatment as Soon as Possible!

I will tell you something. I refused meds for 10 years! In the beginning, because in 1991 I was 18 and they wanted me to take AZT in high dosages and they wanted me to sign a waiver that said it could damage my internal organs. I moved to Colombia...

Intro - Ieshia Scott

Hello, my name is... Ieshia Scott. There are several dots NOT because I didn't want to use my name but because I was hesitant due to the many people who are NOT prepared for this day. There are many people who know I've been advocating and doing my part but...

Living with HIV Is No Picnic

It's time to say it: in one area, we HIV/AIDS activists have caused more harm than good.

I am proud to be one of the few Ugandans to say publicly that I am living positively with HIV. But, in the flurry of speeches and interviews, of extolling antiretroviral treatment and...

It's OK Not to Be OK!!!

The last couple of weeks I have been weighted down with so much heaviness on my shoulders I didn't know which direction I was headed. Have you ever felt like you just couldn't take life anymore? Wanted to just say "I quit"?!!!! Yes, I too feel that way sometimes. Living...

Is It Me?

It's amazing to me how time waits for no one, and neither does HIV. After a good friend tested positive, I thought to myself … How? Why? I questioned myself as to what did I do wrong? I talked about the statistics daily, and I always reminded them that they...

Intro - Barbara Kemigisa

My name is Barbara Kemigisa. I am a single mother living with HIV in Kampala Uganda Africa. I am 29 years old and have passed through different challenges which affect most of our youth today and get them exposed to HIV. I was sexually abused at...

Celebrating Milestones Living with HIV

I never imagined that I would witness what I have within the past month... My twins' (my preemie firstborns) Senior Prom and their graduation from high school... My 17 year old finished her two years of cosmetology school... and let me not forget... Registering my 4.5 year old at her...

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Intro - Johana Quesada

Johana Quesada.My name is Johana Quesada and I am a stay at home mom, HIV activist, artist and breathwork facilitator based in Dallas, Texas. I have one beautiful son and three stepchildren with my amazing partner. After being diagnosed in 2018, I found myself alone and depressed, but found hope...

Gendercide

KatieAdsila.I just heard a new word today that struck my heart in a sickening way: "Gendercide", "the deliberate effort to destroy traditions of gender fluidity…". That was a quote from an extremely insightful book I'm reading called Reclaiming Two-Spirits, Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty In Native America by Gregory D....

A Story of Two Tales

Illustration of woman and three children holding each other.**Content Warning** This piece discusses violence, including sexual abuse

The first tale is the story of the trauma I experienced leading up to my diagnosis. It begins within the environment that I was born into and how it provided opportunities for...

Full Transparency

A Girl Like Me blogger, Ashley.**Content Warning** This piece discusses pregnancy loss.

So, let me be honest. It's the new year right? And everyone is screaming "new opportunities, and growth". But as for me, I'm still at the stop sign. Sometimes I'm reversing but I'm not progressing. At least...

Golden goal

Eliane (HIVstigmafighter) behind red heart)My lovely people, January is my favourite month. Not only because it is the beginning of a New year where we can start afresh, we also still have the whole year ahead to work on whatever we set our mind to.

We definitely started afresh as...

Returning to the Light

A Girl Like Me blogger, Positive Sunbeam.Since becoming public with my HIV status just this last fall, I find myself in a place of discovery. What does my life look like without keeping HIV a secret? How does the vulnerability uncovered become an asset to my gifts sharing in a...

Giving Up the Advantage

Bridgette Picou.I got taken advantage of recently in a major hurtful way and I can't seem to let it go. I already know my inability to do so is about the manifestation of (other) things that are out of control in my life. Still fucking stings though. I'm a Scorpio....

Safe Vulnerability

Angel Stetson.A hard line in sand separating self love from disguises, sold as sparkles and knives.

Presents all pretty dressed up for the show; rattles and sparkles acceptance is blurred, Somber breaths for the hurt of a word.

Standing tall trees seated in Roots; even the branches can't tell each...

I Am Okay

Illustration of two women, one with a fist in the air, the other with her hand on the first woman's shoulder.When I first saw the light, I quickly learned that parents are not given a manual on "parenting skills", but were walking around with their own past generation's values and...

ANAC Conference

Bridgette Picou and Ciarra "Ci Ci" Covin at ANAC 2022.The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) conference was held in Tampa, FL in November of this year. The theme for 2022 was EQUITY, COMPASSION & SCIENCE - KEYS TO ENDING THE EPIDEMIC. Tampa was a controversial place to hold...

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