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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Brittany's Story

As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I would like to share with you my daughter's story. This was a very difficult time for our family, and I know it is not an easy story to share, but my daughter really loves to write; she's found healing in it...

18 years in 18 moments

This week I 'hacked' the #hiv2020online instagram account for 24 hours. I decided to share my 18 years journey of living with HIV in 18 posts on their storyline. Here you see 2 of them and soon you will see more.

Using the power of Instagram, I shared 18 pictures...

COVID19 20/20

My Fears, Loss, and Anxiety of Facing Two Pandemics and the Triggers Many of Us Have Been Facing From the Early Days of HIV and AIDS

I don't know where to start. I have so much to write about and I have been stuck and not ready to do so...

Today I Cried

Today I cried. In unison with my newly born son and toddling daughter. I sat right there on the corner of the couch and I cried, weeped even- inconsolable, exhausted, unusually heavy. In between the weeps was a chant coming from my daughter's perfect mouth, the one that was made...

Took a leap of faith and...

Took a leap of faith and moved to Philadelphia last Monday.
It the middle of a pandemic . I decided to pack up my home and place my things in storage and start all over again. I wanted to move and I did it . I felt stuck in New York so I left. It been ok here am in a shelter. I found a program and now I...

When Your Story Reaches Further Than You Know

It's been awhile since I've put my words together for you to read! Covid has really put a damper on things and stripped me of my desire to do anything.

Well the universe, God, whatever you believe in, has a funny was of making you see things! I was recently...

Rollercoaster

Dear specialists of all my fabulous diseases,

My life has been quite a rollercoaster the past weeks, so in this blog I would like to express myself and share what I have learned.

The problem started 5 years ago when I developed pain in my chest and I was given...

Of Earth and Water

I've lived with severe depression and anxiety for most of my life, so it's not at all anything new to me, but what I've been going through this past year seems so much stronger than anything I've ever experienced before. Depression so strong and overwhelming that nearly my entire life...

Unsettled, but Settled In

I was making tacos last night (I make amazing tacos by the way), and I had the thought that I wished I was making them for someone else. Cooking for someone else. Almost simultaneously realized how lonely I am. It hurt my damn feelings.

It's not even about Covid and...

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Pinball

There is a moment of clarity in some things. It's a crystal clear picture. You can can see yourself as if you were in portrait mode. It's like that moment you put a quarter in an arcade pinball machine. You're focused on trying to see the angles before the ball...

A Conversation With Confidence

Do you struggle with self-confidence? I know I do. It usually doesn't matter how good or even trained I am at something, I'm still always doubtful of my abilities to do the best job, or sometimes even an adequate job, always doubting myself. It's a nasty little quirk of my...

Five Years Ago Today

May 23, 2021 marked five years that I've been living with HIV. It honestly doesn't even seem like it's been that long, but when I look back to all that led to that very day, it all stemmed from the lack of love I had for myself.

Since the 3rd...

Intro - Malina

I'm a neurodivergent mama raising two beautiful children who mean the world to me. I've been living with HIV nearly 11 years now and it hasn't slowed me down one bit.

Why Malina wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: I believe that through lived experiences and...

Conferences, COVID & Replays

I have been HIV positive since 2016, almost five years. When I thought about sharing my story and status publicly, I knew I would eventually attend conferences where I could meet many other amazing women living openly with the condition. I've had dreams about these conferences but I didn't imagine...

Rally Together for Each Other

Hi ladies, it's been a long while since I've checked in or written on my blog. Life's been busy, a lot of things have changed for me. Things I thought I would never see.

I was 18 when I was diagnosed with HIV, that was 1989. At that time there...

To Tattoo OR Not to Tattoo

Even when it comes to HIV and tattoos the messages are pretty mixed. Can people with HIV get tattoos? Is there a risk to a tattoo artist in inking someone who's HIV positive? Does a tattoo heal differently on someone with HIV?

The doctor I visited told me not to...

Helpless Helper

I called Al-Anon.

In tears.

Ugly, snotty, gasping for air type ass tears.

The lady on the other end of the line was patient as I struggled to ask for where the meetings be at.

Knowing good, damned well I could have probably Googled the time and locations...

Inspired

For a whole bunch of reasons no one but me cares about, I've been doing some research and compartmentalizing in my life. Taking stock and assessing where I am not and where I could be emotionally. It has to do with realizing I don't dream anymore. I don't know when...

I Am... Open

Hello my lovely people. It is always great to have something to keep you positively busy during these strange Covid times. So I am very excited to share a new initiative called stories of hope with you. I will be leading this for the coming 4 months.

Just a little...

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