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Not an HIV Poster Child: Why I, as a Black Queer Person, Left Non-Profit Work
By Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
April 6, 2017

I am not an HIV poster child. I will never be that. I am not a black queer man who has broken some proverbial glass ceiling, and I'm am not an aspiring professional. I say that to say: how I speak and write centers my blackness and queerness. How I dress is a conscious decision to disrupt narratives of respectability, and how I move my body is intended to take up, reclaim and move into my space. I could unfold for you all of the trauma that my body and mind hold, but that isn't productive right now. Black trauma is a crop; these oppressive structures live and thrive off our despair and bodies. If I screamed a thousand times about how my body had to hold anti-black violence, it would only be the beginning.

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As Long-Term Survivors, We Look Back but Must Continue to Look Forward
By Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
April 6, 2017

A long-term survivor of HIV for 27 years and now a man in his mid-fifties, I went through the self-grieving process for myself many years ago when I expected -- and was told by a health care provider -- that I had five, maybe seven years to live. Now, having long outlived that prognosis, I, like so many other long-term survivors, have had to "refocus" and try to adjust my everyday life while not forget the journey with its ups and downs.

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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 TheBody.com. 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 TheBody.com and its viewers and my hope to add a new voice for those not heard in this fight.

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