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All Women, All Rights at AIDSWatch 2017!
By Jada Cardona
April 3, 2017

The most memorable moment I had at AIDSWatch was standing on stage with all of my PWN sisters and chanting, "All women, all rights!" This powerful moment was one that will resonate in my activism for years to come. I am inspired by PWN's commitment to inclusion and it's great show of love one toward another. I love you all so much!

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Who Would Have Thought?
By Meta Smith-Davis
April 3, 2017

I am sitting here as the coordinator preparing for a meeting tomorrow for the Stigma Index Project interviewers and core members to discuss our next steps in developing strategies for eliminating stigma in our communities. It dawns on me that I am actually working to coordinate a meeting, me! -- a torn up from the floor up, ex-con, drug addicted, homeless black woman living with HIV ... who would have thought?

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Who We Are: Opportunities, Survival and the Ability to Dream
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
April 3, 2017

I am a grown adult who lives with a compromised immune system brought on by HIV infection, and one who, like many others, has had to come to terms with not only HIV itself but also myself as a person. This involves forgiveness, both of myself and others.

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A First-Time Peek From the Hill at AIDSWatch 2017
By Kamaria Laffrey
March 30, 2017

The energy of the tribe of my fellow HIV advocates at AIDSWatch 2017 echoed the heartbeat of those we have lost from the beginning of the epidemic. I was honored to walk to halls of the Capitol building and speak for those lives, my life with every congressperson and staffer I met. Our collective voices together are the rhythm of that heartbeat that will spark change and become a deafening war cry to our legislators if they don't listen to us.

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Georgia's Fight to Modernize HIV Criminalization Laws
By Shyronn Jones
March 29, 2017

On March 23 2017, Georgia Equality helped those who are passionate about reforming Georgia's outdated, discriminatory and unscientific HIV criminalization laws by hosting an HIV Criminalization Advocacy Training. As part of a comprehensive, community-centered approach to HIV prevention and care, this training was led by Emily Brown, Nina Martinez and Torrian Baskerville of Georgia Equality and covered: the content and history of Georgia's HIV criminalization laws; the main reasons HIV advocates want to reform these laws; key arguments against reform, how to listen to the opposition and effectively respond; and basic facts about HIV science that all decriminalization advocates need to know.

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It Gets Better
By Art Jackson
March 24, 2017

As I contemplate turning 52 a few weeks ago, I thought of what I would say to my younger self that could sustain me for my life to come. What I found is really simple yet very valuable.

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My HIV Anniversary Date, With a Changed Perspective
By Lynda Arnold
March 23, 2017

April 7, 2017, marks 24 years living with HIV. This year feels different. I acknowledge the virus that has literally been with me now for half my life, and there are so many times I wonder what my life would be without it. Yet, I feel almost numb to its presence. I'm taking my meds daily, and that's a feat for me because I take a shitload of meds. I almost got into a new gene study, but my drug regimen actually made me ineligible in the end. That bummed me out, but I am in the anchor study for treatment and prevention of anal cancer so that's new for me on the medical front! I have multi-drug resistant HIV and lots of inflammation cardiac, gastrointestinal, nervous system, etc., but hey, bottom line, news flash LOL: I'm still here! I'm so grateful for the life I have, and for the love that surrounds me, and my faith that centers me.

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Hello, From a Voice That Won't Be Silenced
By Art Jackson
March 22, 2017

Hello World, and my new family at As I embark upon this new and exciting journey, I would love to share a little about myself, why I am sharing my views with and its viewers and my hope to add a new voice for those not heard in this fight.

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The Irony of Aging: The HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference
By Mark S. King
March 22, 2017

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor's office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn't schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn't a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year.

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Soy Indetectable y no Puedo Transmitir el Virus del VIH
Por Maria T. Mejia
21 de marzo de 2017

Quiero que todos vean la falta de educación que hay en todas partes! Por eso es importante mostrar nuestras caras y salir de la oscuridad! Esta es una condición humana que es 100% prevenible y como he explicado en el video, si una persona que vive con el #VIH, toma sus medicamentos y se vuelve indetectable y permanece indetectable por más de 6 meses NO PODEMOS TRANSMITIR EL VIRUS DEL VIH!

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