Hi, my name is Xio. I am a 50 years old, divorced, mother of two who has been living with HIV 23 years. I was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. in 1970. Being Latina has added its own stresses to living with HIV.
Why Xio wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: After being in "the HIV closet" for 21 years, never reaching out for support or telling people about my status, I read an interview of someone else living with HIV. Although our stories were markedly different, one sentence connected with me and set me free of the HIV closet. I wish to help someone else feel connected, understood and vital while living with HIV the way it was done for me.