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Una Niña Perdida
Por Maria T. Mejia
3 de marzo de 2014

Esta era yo en uno de los peores momentos de mi vida ... una niña perdida ... ¡tenia alrededor de 15 años, pandillera, una delinquente! ¡Me odiaba a mí misma! ¡No hay fotos de esa epoca! No soy ni una partícula delo que fue esa chica ... ¡Ella sufrió! ¡Ella estaba con dolor! Escondía su cuerpo y su rostro ... ¡se sentía fea y sin valor! Ella creyó lo que le dijeron ... ¡ELLA ERA UNA NADA Y NUNCA llegaría a nada! Ella sólo se había perdido yestaba herida, y esa imagen dura sólo era una armadura para que nadie le hiciera mas daño o se acercara a ella. Este era yo, Maria Teresa Mejia. Yo era un pequeño gusano que se convirtió en una mariposa y ahora estoy volando alto. Amor y luz.

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A Lost Girl
By Maria T. Mejia
March 3, 2014

This is me in one of the worst times of my life ... a lost girl around 15 years old, a gang member, a thug! I hated myself! There are really no pics of my past. I am not a single particle of that girl anymore ... she suffered! She was in pain! She would hide her body and her face ... she felt ugly and worthless!!! She believed what she was told ... SHE WAS A NOTHING AND NEVER WOULD AMOUNT TO ANYTHING! She was just lost and hurting, and that hard image was just an armor so no one would hurt her or get close to her. This was me, Maria Teresa Mejia. I was a little worm that became a butterfly and now I am flying high. Love and light.

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Money Can't Buy You Time, but HIV Makes Life More Precious
By Reggie Smith
March 3, 2014

Have you ever been faced with your own mortality? When I was at the end of active addiction to heroin, I thought I wanted to die and wanted time to stop. When I was diagnosed with AIDS, I thought I was going to die and didn't want time to end. In either case, life was being measured in time.

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The Bug Chaser's Tale: An Interview
By Dave R.
March 3, 2014

I've been exchanging emails with Jamie for about 9 months now; at first not for any other reason than he has neuropathy and has got it bad. He has followed the same frustrating path that many people do when faced with burning feet and loss of sensation in toes. Each treatment is equally as ineffective as the last and like many of us he has ended up on opiates which have finally given him some relief.

However, this story has nothing to do with neuropathy and everything to do with the fact that he was a bug chaser and having chased the bug, has tracked it down and it chases him these days.

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Lesson From the Freeways: Longtime HIV Survival and the Things Money Can't Replace
By Lynda Arnold
March 3, 2014

It's been said that you aren't a true Angeleno until you have your first traffic accident on our freeways. Well without having a true competition in our household, the fact remains that I beat my husband in this category by approximately six years. He was just indoctrinated this past week in his own five-car pile-up. Luckily in both our cases no one was seriously injured, but the sight of the ambulances, fire crews, police cars and navigating multiple cars to the side of the freeway in ongoing busy traffic is unnerving itself. Then there's the damage to the vehicles, the insurance claims, the inconvenience of repairs, rental cars and any out-of-pocket expenses. Needless to say it's a hell of a way to become a true Angeleno!

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Our Problem With Being "CURED" of HIV
By Mark S. King
February 28, 2014

In the late 1980s, I let this odd, fussy man into my office at LA Shanti, my first AIDS agency job. He seemed earnest and harmless and he just wanted a few minutes of my time. "I have the cure for AIDS," he politely announced. Sadly, he wasn't the first person to say that to me, but we practiced more suspension of disbelief during that wretched decade so making such a statement wasn't immediate cause for removal from my office.

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The Truth About My AIDS
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
February 26, 2014

This is true mainly because it keeps people in denial about the support that I need on the one hand, and on the other, young people look at me at a gig and think, "AIDS ain't so bad, she looks great." They think I got it going on, which of course I do, but having AIDS is no joke and requires a lot of work. For sure, my life would be different if I didn't have AIDS. For these reasons I am so candid about my journey. I want people to get the full understanding of this disease. Pictures in my case, can be a tad deceiving.

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New Rules: HIV Social Etiquette
By Ben B.
February 25, 2014

A few years ago, I did some work volunteering for a project detailing the history of LGBT America. We had some fairly intense training sessions prior to launch, to make sure all volunteers were on the same page, especially where "sensitivity" and "political correctness" were concerned.

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Four Years and One Hell of a Ride
By Brian Ledford
February 23, 2014

Four years come and gone, and what a hell of a ride it has been.

Today, Feb 23, 2014 marks my four year anniversary of when I was officially diagnosed with HIV. Since then I have had plenty of ups and even more downs, and it has been a slow process but I am finally getting back to feeling more like myself.

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HIV in Rural Communities, Part 1 (Video)
By Patrick Ingram
February 21, 2014

Check out my new series that discusses HIV in rural communities. I interview individuals who are actually on the ground leading the fight against this growing epidemic in rural Virginia. Please share and spread the word!

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