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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I Made a Vow...

Lynette was in a Harlem hospital on the 3rd floor in a room alone, and refused to give her life to Christ as I stood there begging! Quarantined due to the opportunistic infection, her body was plagued with things besides her AIDS diagnosis. I pleaded with her that people said God was a just...

My HIV Life Today

I am in the process of changing HIV doctors. I am going back to the MD that I initially saw when I moved back to Missouri but at that time I was abusing prescription drugs and he saw right through me and that pissed me off. My present MD is okay but I just...

Hiding Behind the "Good Book"…

Why is it so hard to understand that getting infected with HIV/AIDS is possible and can happen to you?

Just because you saved and sanctified and running for your God doesn't exclude you….yes, you!

You can remember when:

- You were sneaking and not listening to anybody, but only to the one who made...

My Name Is...

I am invisible, yet you see me everywhere
I am grief and despair
I feed off ignorance and fear.
I am caution thrown to the wind
I have a beginning with no end.

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Intro - posgirl77

You can call me Dee. I am 50 years old an have a 13 year old adopted son. I was diagnosed in Atlanta on November 1, 1996.  I was having severe fatigue and just knew I needed to be tested for HIV. I have a substance abuse problem and while I never used a...

AIDS Clinical Trial Unit

I love writing my blog and truly enjoy the global aspect that it brings.  It has helped me grow more comfortable and accepting of my status.  Through this experience, I’ve been searching for a way to get involved locally.  I’ve reached out on several occasions to a local AIDS Service Organization only to be ignored each...

Running from the Red Ribbon

The summer I was 19. It was fall, 1989. Life was simple living in a small rural community in the eastern United States. I got into a routine. I slept during the day, worked at night. I was looking for a way out of my biological mother’s house because we did not get along....

Intro - sologirl

Hi, I am 44 years old, and was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 19 way back in 1989. I grew up on the east coast and life was not easy or simple for me as a child.

I am a survivor of several kinds of abuse, for which none of...

A Letter to Caitlin

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of the photo shoot. I didn’t really think I would get anything out of it. It would be more for the public than for me. I was so unbelievably wrong. The interview changed me in a way that I never expected. I...

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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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