Mental Health

Women living with HIV across the gender spectrum are more likely than women in the general population to experience challenges to their mental health.


What do you do when the life you want so desperately to forget collides with the life you've created? You feel.

Being a Black woman and wearing the badge of honor of being strong is exhausting to say the least.

What was the most impactful were the stories told by each of us living with HIV. It would not have been nearly as successful without our voices.

It doesn't have to be perfect to be just right. If not art, some hobby or venture that allows you to be in a moment that is not tied to HIV, or responsibility to anyone but yourself.

Watch the December 2023 episode of Leadership Exchange LIVE: In this practical, dynamic conversation, two Black women experts lift up the unique needs, priorities, and insights of Black women living with and vulnerable to HIV.

It's crucial to recognize that HIV doesn't discriminate based on gender identity, yet society often does.

Have you ever felt invisible? As a child I felt invisible. In my home there were just three of us: my mother, my brother, and me.

Diagnosed in 1987 in US Navy basic training at 22 years old, making me currently a 36 year survivor.

Maybe you do need to start again. I encourage you to keep trying because there is always a new day. A new moment. A new opportunity. Yes, there will be another time to try again or simply recreate a new path.

The last year and half has been so great to me in all aspects of my life and I think because I've felt so at peace for the first time since my diagnosis, I've gotten comfortable.

Feeling low? Learn about depression – what it is, why women living with HIV are likely to have it, and why it is important to diagnose and treat it.

HIV is not a crime, or is it? As of 2022, 35 states have laws that criminalize HIV exposure. Many of these laws are outdated and do not reflect today's scientific evidence. There are four different ways that these laws criminalize HIV.

Watch this amazing video discussion, co-hosted by three women living with HIV, exploring ways to cope with mental health around the holidays.

Learn from advocates about how they have initiated conversations about HIV prevention and awareness with youth in their communities, tips for when to begin talking with children, and more.

Watch this discussion between a therapist offering non-judgmental services to individuals across the gender spectrum and a woman living with HIV who has sought mental health care.

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