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Aging and Living with HIV

As I, reflect, I am honored and privileged for the opportunity to be alive today.

I am Grateful. This is the Here and Now. Sad to have known so many, that have not been granted this gift of aging. Grateful, Humbled, and Blessed Beyond. Often, I say, I am Dammm...

Who Ate My Brownies and Other Philosophical Questions!

Didn't you always know that there were ways to call desserts vegetables? One day I explored ways to use zucchini and found Zucchini Brownies! This was an easy recipe that turned out so yummy, and yes, the three cups of shredded zucchini made the brownies so moist. Zucchini has 0...

Aging with Family, Community, and HIV

I've been living with HIV for (going on) 22 years now. I almost can't believe it, seems like a lifetime ago. I was just 27 when I was lying in a hospital bed dying; my children were just babies. When I was told that I had AIDS I didn't think...

My Journey Aging with HIV

I will be 64 next month and living with HIV for 36 years. I had a lot of illness at the beginning of my diagnosis in 1990 when I was only 39 years old. I thought I'd die soon and never see my son grow into an adult or see...

Ageing positively

As a woman and mother living with HIV how do I see ageing?

A lot of people are afraid of ageing, yet for me it is a very exciting journey and I am actually looking forward to getting older! So, let me share with you why I see ageing in...

9 By 49

This month marks my 9th year of living with HIV. Wow. Wait, this month marks my 9th year of living with HIV? I had to write it again because who would ever have thought I'd be here? The wild part is it took until two days ago for me to...

Hey sisters, just wanted to...

Hey sisters, just wanted to blog some encouragement.

We are not what we have nor or we the STIGMA BEHIND HIV!! We are beautiful, amazing, talented, fierce, bold unapologetic woman who lives matter. Know that you diagnosis doesn't control you, you control your diagnosis. Live your life unapologetic why? because you have just as much right to be who you are just like negative people!!

33 years Oh damn! So I was...

33 years
Oh damn! So I was diagnosed in 1988 of this month. I still am mind blown. So this whole month am in a happy place .Not that am not every other day but this month is very special to me. At 18 I was trying to get my life together and then got the shock of my life to get my affairs in order and wait to...

Polishing My Crown

I've kinda been in weird place mentally and emotionally. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with my physical health, but that's a story for another day.

You'd think by now some of the negative responses towards my status wouldn't get to me, but maybe it's because my...

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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...

My First ANAC Conference

Ciarra "Ci Ci" Covin at ANAC 2022.Never did I ever imagine that *I* would be standing in ANYbody's conference presenting ANYthing to some nurses. And here we are. This year's Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) Conference was held in Tampa, Florida, November 17-19th and what a wonderful experience...

Intro - AhmazinAshley

Ashley Richardson.Ashley Nicole Richardson is a young African American Woman with an ambition like none other. Ashley has always had a passion for helping those in her community. She started very young helping in her family's childcare center, Hudson Early Childhood Educational Center. From there, she has continued to serve...

Mental Illness, It's Not in My Head

KatieAdsila headshot.I know a lot of people don't respect mental illness, they think it's controllable or all in your head, but I know that that's not the reality. I've struggled with mental health issues of some kind for as long as I can remember. I've had suicidal ideations since I...

Layers of Darkness

Positive SunbeamI don't consider myself old at age 62 and I am aware that my decades are lessening. With family health crises and deaths in my circle of friends this season, the epiphany that life could change in an instant triggered an aspiration to live closer and be a part...

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