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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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...

A Daily Choice

Illustration of woman nursing infant with flowers all around them.Written submission by Wanda Lien-Rojas

It was 1985, I was 21 years old and President Ronald Reagan announced to the world the genesis of a new disease; G.R.I.D. or the Gay Related Immune Disorder, later known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome...

Unity

Eliane Becks.Each year during the first weekend of September the Airborne March, commemorating the 1944 battle of Arnhem, is organised in Oosterbeek. I did this beautiful walk for the first time in 2019, just before the corona pandemic. This year, my wish to walk once again with my neighbour and...

Life of an HIV Advocate/Activist

Headshot of Precious Kaniki and logo for A Girl Like Me.Dear young person who has gone public... Take it easy on yourself. Don't be hard on yourself. Do practice self-love.

When I went public with my status, I received overwhelming response from young people going through what I did... explaining...

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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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