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Happy World AIDS Day?!

It's World AIDS Day. Again. And I find myself in the soup of emotions that comes with this day every year. Grateful. Relieved. Sad. Inspired. Frustrated. Proud. Resolved. And too many other things to list here. Grateful to be alive. Grateful for the extraordinary work, advocacy, research, solidarity, friendships and,...

Ready or not

This gone sound crazy.

But I don't know how to be no woman.

I mean, especially not good enough to teach another woman how to do it.

I just be doing shit.

... trying on different versions of myself.

... trial and error.

... getting back up again.

Hell.

Till this day,...

Thanks-Giving

The day we all anticipate for yummy food and store deals but the one day out of the year where many intentionally pause to remember all they are thankful for!

Since the start of covid many of us have faced so many different battles outside of just covid. Physical, mental...

Thank You

For years I accepted my status but still I blamed you and never really forgave. As much as I thought I did forgive by accepting my status, it showed in my actions and my thoughts how I really felt.

Although I never forgave you for this, I do thank you...

As a Woman

As a woman, I know what it feels like to be invisible. As a Black woman that feeling is sometimes intensified. It gets juxtaposed with occasionally being the person everyone is looking at, but not really seeing. In a time of "racial reckoning" such as what's currently going on in...

Speak Over Yourself

Ever since I was little I have LOVED talking. Being an effective communicator meant that I could get candy, hugs, and laughter. I have always valued this. Now as I’ve gotten older I realize that when I’m hurting or trying to understand something, I get quiet. Right! As talkative as...

A bouquet of problems

My birthday month, November, had a great start by doing what I like most, giving my HIV activism a boost. Between 4-7 November I was in Istanbul for a face-to-face 'Skills Training to Empower Patients' (STEP-UP) and networking weekend organized by the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) Training Academy.

After...

The REAL Girl Talk - Sundays

Sundays, 4:00pm EST
via Lady BurgAndy

Are you a woman new to living with HIV? Do you know any women new to living with HIV? "The REAL Girl Talk", hosted by Lady BurgAndy, takes place Sundays at 4p EST. These sessions offer an anonymous space to convene and converse amongst other women with shared lived experience.

My sleepy dragon

This month Akira, my youngest son of 13 years old, and I travelled to Antwerp for a filmshoot for the 'Undetectable equals Untransmittable' (U=U) campaign in Belgium. Whilst in the train towards Antwerp I asked how he felt to be part of this campaign, since this was not his first...

Self

Dear Destiny,

We always make it through.

I've dealt with some type of depression since I can remember. It was never anything I couldn't handle though. Then again I never had to handle it alone. I'm close with GOD; maybe I should of started with that. We're like two peas...

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Birth and Postpartum Support and HIV - April 12, 2023

SHE/HER/THEY event flyer with speakers' headshots & logos of The Well Project & The Afiya Center.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
9:00 – 10:00am PT  |  10:00 – 11:00am MT  |  11:00am – 12:00pm CT  |  12:00 – 1:00pm ET

Join The Well Project and The Afiya Center during Black Maternal Health Week 2023 for an illuminating conversation about the benefits of doula support for Black women and other birthing parents living with HIV.

Sharing My HIV Status With My Mum

AnaMaria77.I remember this special occasion as if it was today. It was my youngest sister's baptism and as my mum prepared to take a picture with my sister, I jumped up and made sure I was part of the picture too. You can see that I'm looking away, my stance...

Power women

Illustration of profiles of women's faces.Hello lovely people,

March is always exciting for us women because is the one day in a year where women are given more attention because of International Women's Day which is always celebrated on 8 March.

This year's focus is on achieving gender equality and...

Sometimes It Sucks

Heather O'Connor.I got caught up in believing I didn't deserve respect because of my past and dark parts of my identity that I tuck away and try to forget about until it's all I remember. But now I'm learning that self-acceptance is a vital part in determining who you share...

That's How It Goes!

Lotus flowers in a pond.When I was about 4 or 5 years old, some nights I used to be awakened by a mysterious swaying of the curtains in my room. Immediately, I would start seeing shapes that scared me a lot: deformed faces, threatening animals. My fear was such that...

My SuperPower Rocks!

A Girl Like Me blogger, Positive Sunbeam.I wanted to send him the link to "Being Positive:Ted Talk." I had the impulse to reach out to an ex-boyfriend after a 7-month breakup. I wanted to share feelings I wasn't able to articulate yet had experienced. Feelings of HIV stigma that I...

Taking It All in From Home: My Virtual Experience at the International Workshop on HIV and Women 2023

Katie Willingham.I attended the International Workshop on HIV and Women 2023 virtually on February 17-18. I love attending conferences in person, there's nothing like the experience and energy of those in-person meetings, but virtual conferences have their pros as well, like attending the conference in your pajamas, which I did...

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