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Michelle Anderson, 2011 Ms. Plus America

By Robert Breining

July 17, 2011

Photos by Brett Vander.

Photos by Brett Vander.

I am very excited to have Michelle Anderson as our guest on tonight's POZIAM RADIO show. Michelle was just crowned 2011 Ms. Plus America. Michelle will discuss what it felt like to be the first openly HIV-positive woman to win a national pageant title!

Listen to her story on POZIAM RADIO

About Michelle: Michelle is an African-American woman who has been living for HIV since 1999. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is very active in her community as co-chair of Campaign to End AIDS Texas, The Afiya Center peer educator, public speaker, as well as a board member for AIDS Services of Dallas, and ADAP Advocacy Association where she is the treasurer. Michelle has dedicated much of her personal life to educating others on HIV/AIDS throughout the greater Dallas area and beyond. She plans to finish her degree in Social Work where she will be able to continue to spread the message, and educate people regarding HIV/AIDS. Michelle has stepped out of the box and was previously crowned Ms. Duncanville Plus America 2010 and 2011. She plans to use her title to become the voice of positive women of color. Michelle has experience as a group facilitator and has attended many conferences where she received training in Advocacy, Project LEAP (Learning, Empowerment, Advocacy, Participation), and Common Threads.

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