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 - 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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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...

2022 USCHA

Katie Willigham.What a wonderful joy it has been to attend the 2022 United States Conference on HIV and AIDS in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I'm so grateful to NMAC for allowing me to attend on their HIV50+ Strong & Healthy Scholarship; I'm sure many applied. People come from...

USCHA 2022

Logo for USCHA and bottle of medication.Let's talk about it! Y'all. after four and a half years of being an advocate and educating myself on HIV since I was diagnosed, I finally got to go to my very first in-person conference. It was everything I needed and more, but wait,...

A RISKY Move, a REWARDING Experience

A house amongst trees in Bangalore.Five months back, I had taken an IMPULSE decision of relocating from my comfort zone of Nagpur to the hustle and bustle of the metropolis of BANGALORE. After all, I am a metropolis girl and Nagpur was a small city. A few years of staying...

Intro - Samantha Rose Montemayor Morales

Samantha Rose Montemayor Morales.Hello, my name is Samantha Rose Montemayor Morales. I am a Proud Trans Latina Woman of Color who has been living with HIV since June 28, 2010. How has my culture impacted my experience with HIV? When I was told I was HIV positive, I lived my...

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