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Rusti Miller-Hill

Advocacy Outside the Walls


Pregnant While Positive: My Husband, Me and Baby Made Three
May 29, 2012

My husband is HIV negative, and has been for the last 18 years. We made our son the old fashioned way -- with pure love. My desire to parent at 33 years old was overshadowed by my diagnosis. I AM a woman living with AIDS.

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A Present to Myself, on My 50th Birthday
October 25, 2011

On October 25, 1961, at 8:53 AM, I entered into this world a beautiful baby girl full of life and love and no expectations other than having a full, loving life. This year I am celebrating my 50th birthday. As my fourteen-year-old grandson stated, I am a half of a century years old.

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Where Was I When AIDS First Came on the Scene?
June 3, 2011

I remember looking at the television thinking OMG this can't be ... I saw Ryan White and his mother and heard of their struggle just to be acknowledged for who they were as a family. I never thought that this would have an impact on my life other than hearing about it on the news. Magic Johnson and I found out around the same time!

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So Long to New York's HIV Care Networks
November 5, 2010

As of December 31, 2010, the HIV Care Networks of New York State will no longer exist. The New York State Ryan White Part B HIV Care Networks' mission is to promote a coordinated community response that resulted in improved access to care and supportive services for those infected with HIV/AIDS.

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Fighting for Prison Health Care Above the Norm
August 10, 2010

On June 10, 1993, I was released from Albion State Correctional Facility for Women. "91G1505," as I had been called for the last three years of my life, was no longer property of the State of New York. The road, while hard and painful, was getting ready to take a new turn.

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Rusti Miller-Hill

Rusti Miller-Hill

Russelle Miller-Hill, affectionately known in the community as Rusti, is a longtime advocate and HIV survivor. Her philosophy is simple: "I found that in order to help myself, I need to help other women." She's been doing so since she learned she was HIV positive in 1991. A strong advocate for formerly incarcerated women, Rusti has dedicated the past 10 years to putting a face on women's issues ranging from childbirth and housing to correctional health. Rusti is employed at Cicatelli Associates, Inc., as a trainer with the People With AIDS Leadership Training Institute. Among other positions, Rusti serves as co-chair of The Positive Women's Network, New York City Chapter, and is a member of WORTH (Woman on the Rise Telling Her Story). She continues to garner her strength from her husband and two children, grandchildren, family and the women she serves.


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