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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5 Minutes in My Head

Love yourself.

Lean on your truth. Aspire to be your best and then some. I know not why it's such a struggle.

I accept it will happen. I am not afraid to die. I am actually afraid more of the world; the stigma, the nasty people, the way life just...

Memorable summer of 2021

Whilst we are nearing the end of a rainy summer, I would like to reflect on my summer time. It was actually very enjoyable no matter how I look at it! It started excellent by hearing news from my diabetes doctor that I was allowed to stop 3 more pills...

ALSO REMEMBER WE DIDN'T ASK...

ALSO REMEMBER WE DIDN'T ASK TO BE HERE.. HOWEVER EVEN THOUGH WE ARE AT THIS PLACE WE WILL NOT ALLOW HIV TO BREAK US.. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US AND NEGATIVE PEOPLE ARE WE JUST GOT CAUGHT. IM PRETTY SURE THEY DID THE SAMETHING WE DID TO GET HERE SO.. DONT BE SAD AT WHAT HAPPEN TO U TAKE IT AND STRIVE WITH IT!! I ENCOURAGE TO STRIVE AND...

Good day to you all.. I...

Good day to you all.. I just want to say that your a winner you can do this.. HIV DOES NOT CONTROL YOU, YOU CONTROL HIV.. LIVE YOUR LIFE UNAPOLOGETICALLY UNDERSTAND WE ARE ALL DEALING WITH SOMETHING.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE INTELLEGENT AND YOUR FIERCE. LIVE YOUR LIFE AND GO BE GREAT!!

Intro - Sharonda Lynn

Hi, my name is Sharonda Lynn. I've been HIV positive for 22 years and counting. I was first diagnosed at the age of 19 years old. I found out I was HIV positive a month before graduating high school with a one year old daughter. I would never have thought...

Nothing But the Truth

The day my mother announced that she had been diagnosed with AIDS, my entire world shifted. Through tear-filled eyes, she explained that she contracted the illness from her recently deceased ex-fiance and wasn't sure how much longer she had to live. I instantly wailed as if she was already gone....

Surviving Covid

Let me start by warning you that this will be a pretty long blog; we've got three weeks of misery to cover.

First, I want to acknowledge that HIV can be a tricky virus. That's apparently the reason they haven't come up with a vaccine or a cure. BUT Covid,...

Verbal Abuse

It's been said to me this past weekend, "You got your karma when you got HIV, and now you have to live with the consequences by taking a pill each day to make sure your son has at least one of his parents." Yeah, can you believe how nasty some...

Intro - Ana Maria

My name is Ana de Oliveira and I'm already in my 40's. I'm a Portuguese/Cape Verdean woman living in the UK for over 15 years. I am a mother of four beautiful children (I will tell you more about my motherhood, there are some interesting facts...).

I work as an...

Pills

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume something. Don't get mad if I'm overstepping or overstating. I know it doesn't apply to everyone, but it's common enough. It's just a little something that I know to be true for me, and over time have found to be...

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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...

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

Maria Mejia.As we celebrate this very important Latinx AIDS Awareness Day, I think about how far we have come, but I also think about so many things that remain the same in our communities in the United States and Latin America. We still face the same issues that we faced...

Battles

Green leaves with words, "carried for a moment loved for a lifetime".**Content Warning** This piece discusses pregnancy loss.

"God gives his hardest battles to his toughest soldiers"

Who told God I was that tough? I'm really not though. I've been through a lot of stuff in my life....

Reaching Your Dreams

Woman in front of colorful mountains with a butterfly next to her.Translation of written submission by Kenya

Hello! I'm Kenya. I'm 28 years old, married, I have three daughters, and yes, I am HIV positive. I was diagnosed four years ago, and I'm still standing, fighting, moving forward, and even...

Positive Living 2022

Headshot of Katie Willingham.After three long years of fearing to gather together, grinding all conferences and in-person events to a halt, condemning us all to a life of isolation and social distancing, at long last life has begun to creep back from the shadows of an epic epidemic, and none...

Surviving Hurricane Ian

Marissa Gonzalez.I've lived in Southwest Florida (SWFL) since 2004 and I've experienced a few storms with my family since being here. Charlie was my introduction, not even having lived here a month. I moved to Cape Coral about two years ago, and this was the first storm that was headed...

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