Alicia Diggs is a native of Philadelphia PA but resides in North Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a master’s degree in Public Health and have completed doctoral courses for a PhD in Public Health with a focus in Advocacy and Leadership. Alicia became an HIV/AIDS Activist, Educator, and Speaker in 2004. Alicia works for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Center for AIDS Research (UNC-CFAR) as the Manager for the Office of Community Engagement. She is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), a member of REPRIEVE Community Advisory Board and Publications Committee, one of the North Carolina Leaders for Black AIDS Institute's Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN), the North Carolina State Lead for the Positive Women's Network-USA, a member of PLWH Caucus, a member of the Wake Forest Baptist Health ANCHOR Study Community Advisory Board, the HIV Prevention Community Advisory Council (HPCAP), the National Community Advisory Board (NCAB) for the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a member of SisterLove 2020 Leading Women’s Society, and a participant of “I’m Still Surviving” a living women’s history of HIV/AIDS. Alicia has spoken for various organizations who provide services for persons living with HIV in North Carolina such as Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, Guilford County Health Department, and Triad Health Project. She has also spoken at area schools, Universities, at community health events, conferences and churches as well as appeared on several news and radio stations including BET’s Wrap It Up Campaign. Alicia also served as a Medical Case Manager working with persons living with HIV and is the CEO and Founder of I Will Live, whose goal is to help the community understand the importance of STD and STI prevention, advocating against stigma and discrimination and for knowing your HIV status by getting tested as well as living healthy and productive lives through empowerment and education. She also became a published author in July 2017 of an autobiography entitled, Standing on My Healing: From Tainted to Chosen.
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