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Southern Women HIV/AIDS Leaders Speak Back to Their Communities


Ronda Hodges

Ronda Hodges, Louisiana; Diagnosed in 2009

My message to the community is that being HIV positive is not being any color or gender, that it is just being a human being, and that the stigma needs to stop. We do have it and it's not going to go away, and people need to see that and respect it. Every disease kills, and so does this, except for now we have medicine to help us live longer. A disease is a disease -- no matter how you look at it or what the name of it is. HIV is a disease.

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