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Southern Women HIV/AIDS Leaders Speak Back to Their Communities

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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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Comment by: nadind (new york, ny) Thu., Nov. 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm EDT
I am a woman and mom who is engaged to my soulmate, who was diagnosed with the HIV virus this past August. He is positive and myself and our five year old daughter are negative. I love him and he me. But how can i deal with the matter that he doesn't know how or who infected him. I make sure to use condoms when we are intimate with each other. How am I suppose to deal with all of this. What happens if the condom ever breaks. Will I to become infected and leave my daughter to be a orphan. Please help me I am at a impass right now. What can I do to protect myself and to be here for her and for him??????
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