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 - Nina (OneKidneyNina)

Nina Martinez.Nina Martinez, running-to-40, has been living with HIV since she was six weeks old. After pursuing graduate studies in epidemiology at Emory University, she served as a public health analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nina was an active clinical research volunteer at the National Institutes...

Intro - Whitney (whiittybitty)

Whitney Stott.Hi! My name's Whitney Stott. I'm a recovering addict and trauma survivor from Richmond, VA. After I got my HIV diagnosis in 2021, I spiraled further into the grips of addiction. The deep inward hatred towards myself and the low self-worth I felt was the perfect environment for my...

Cynthia's Surviving Story

Illustration of woman holding a notebook and using a walker.Hi! My name is Cynthia Diaz and I'm sharing my story because I want others to know that having HIV is not a death sentence. With treatment, you can live a long life. It's important for people to get tested for...

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....

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Risk and Reward

Angel Stetson.Take a chance on me... stop and breathe.

Step Out from the Shade, lean on me instead.

Know your worth and never forget.

Risk losing the muck the yuck and the BS.

Take a chance on yourself, the Reward will be great.

Meet up with yourself in a whole...

A Lotus Flower Transforms

A woman surrounded by lotus flowers.
Illustration by Lena Gacek
**Content Warning** This piece discusses violence, including sexual abuse

I'd like to start my story the way it started when I was just six years old. My mom...

We Are Not Tokens. We Are Human Beings.

Maria Mejia.You know what? People living with HIV are not your tokens! We demand respect for the organizations that serve us to practice MIPA and GIPA! The more that I observe the guts of AIDS Inc., the more disgusted I become, and I will always speak up! It's like a...

SPEAK UP

Marcya Gullatte.I have been to the United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) several times in my 30 years of living with HIV. Although this year was different, because I am a scholarship recipient of the 2023-2024 HIV 50+ Strong & Healthy Program. This program started in 2016 and this is...

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