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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Intro - PixiePower

A travel enthusiast, a recent dog mom, foodie, a corporate worker, I entered a new phase of my life in 2019 when I got officially married to this virus (after my diagnosis). It was one of those nights filled with anxiety – a year after my diagnosis. Staying awake meant...

You don't have to.

You don't have to.
You. Don't. Have. To.
No tienes. Tu n'as pas.
I can't repeat it enough.
You do not have to take everything that comes to you. Not everything you find is yours to pick up and not everything you pick up is yours...

What We NOT Gon' Do...

Respectfully that ship has sailed.

I've fought something bigger in the last 2+ years and found something even greater within myself. I don't like for people to whisper "HIV" to me- nah... say it with your chest. It's not a SITUATION, it's a diagnosis. If it were cancer, you'd say...

My Inner Scientist

Have you ever had a bone for science? I used to when I was growing up. I remember I used to want to be a scientist, I had so many questions about so many things and I wanted to know everything. I enjoyed running my little experiments to see what...

Nuances

Have you ever heard a doctor, advocate or friend say "you probably know someone living with HIV and you just don't know it"? People hiding in plain sight. I've said that to people. It's a way to get them to consider HIV in a way they never have before. To...

YOU are 100% RESPONSIBLE for your own happiness.

When friends whom I trusted stabbed me in the back; the friends whom I call my own started to distance away just because I didn't have money in my pockets; the friends whom I loved as "friends" took advantage of me; the friends who said to call whenever I needed...

When I Reach Level Five

**Content Warning** This piece discusses suicide and suicidal ideation, as well as the loss of a child.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the suicide prevention hotline in your country. For the United States, the numbers are...

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Children are the future

Children sitting on the floor.After five years absence, this year I was finally able to visit my Motherland Burundi again. My big dream was to rejoin the school children, parents and teachers in my village Murira, part of the commune of Gihanga. I really wanted to check how the primary...

Hi,So I recently gave birth...

Hi, So I recently gave birth to my first child. I experienced the stigma at every turn with OBs, the hospital I delivered at, and now my pediatrician. It seems difficult to find the support I deserve in Phoenix. I would really benefit from connecting with more moms in Phoenix. I just had my first child and have experienced the stigma at every turn. I’m hoping to connect with moms...

Intro - Flor de Loto

Lotus flowers in water.59 year old woman, sociologist, yoga instructor, and naturally curious. With a high sense of loyalty and seeking to live and act with purpose.

Why Flor de Loto wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: Because I believe in the healing power of groups...

To Live Again

Ilustración de una mujer parada de lado con una luz amarilla rodeándola y un rayo rojo detrás de ella.I left home when I was 14 and I started drinking and doing drugs. I always felt like 'less' than other girls. I'd get blood tests since I was sexually active, even...

Welcome Back to USCHA

Kimberly Canady in front of USCHA sign.I remember attending USCHA in 2016 and feeling out of place, unsure of my next moves, and feeling defeated in all aspects of my life. I remember being ready to give up and walk away from HIV work FOREVER (please insert Cardi B voice)...

My Story: Part Five (The Good Part)

Heather O'Connor and her family.Following our trip to California, I continued mourning my life before HIV. In the midst of the daily funerals I would have for my "old self," I was still waiting, and in some ways hoping (praying) that this was not my reality. You see, I'd tested...

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...

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