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Rev. Andrena Ingram

Is the Ribbon Enough?


We Are Here, and We Are Tired: A Challenging, Amazing, Undetectable Year
November 22, 2016

As World AIDS Day approaches, I am daily recognizing the blessing of life, and family and friends. I am recognizing always those in this struggle who have gone on before me, those who will come after me and those in the trenches with me right now. I am especially thankful and prayerful for those of us who are long-term survivors.

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Disease-Free, Clean and What?
January 28, 2016

I saw something written on my Facebook timeline that made me shake my head in shame.

I felt a little shame for the statements and shame for the person who wrote it. I thought they were a bit more far along in being supportive of person's living with HIV. The shame I felt morphed into anger. Anger that folks are still using language like this, in 2016.

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Frankly My Dear ...
January 25, 2016

Checking in with my Facebook HIV group and my son asks me, "Do people take issue that you may be spending too much time with HIV stuff?"

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Fighting HIV Stigma Through Support Groups, Friendship
December 9, 2015

Last week many "celebrated" World AIDS Day. I am the sole pastor of a congregation with many challenges, and so I am not able to simply take off. I make time, when I am able.

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Surviving HIV: POZ 100 Long-Term Survivors List
December 1, 2015

So this year, I was chosen as one of POZ's 100 Long-Term Survivors ... and I guess, oddly enough you can say that I am very grateful. Twenty-seven years of living with this disease is nothing short of miraculous; but the miracle goes way beyond me, way beyond those living today. I feel the recognition belongs to many other people.

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Lipodystrophy 101, or Better Yet, 'You Lost Weight'
October 13, 2015

If I remember correctly, I had just had my fill of people commenting on my weight, or rather, weight loss.

I did something unusual today. I took pictures of my body. Noooo ... not those kind of pictures! :-) But pictures of my arms, my legs and my tummy, to educate the masses (or those of you who do not understand), what HIV/AIDS medications do to our bodies.

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Transfusion of Grace
July 28, 2015

This led to a perfect "why do you ask that question(?) moment." I am not saying that folks have not contracted HIV through a transfusion, because it was commonplace, until organizations/institutions began tightening up on checking blood supplies.

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Every Survivor Counts
June 8, 2015

I am grateful for this National HIV/AIDS Long Term Survivors Awareness Day! It has given me time to reflect on my journey.

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HIV: Put Out the Red Light
March 25, 2015

Somewhere in the world, life is contingent upon performing a service to provide for the family, somewhere there are places where rules are bent, persons are bent over and forced to their knees, for a roof over their heads and their daily bread.

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The Bubble-Gut Dilemma
March 24, 2015

Trying to get up and get moving. Doctor visit in Center City, and wouldn't you know it ... it's a sh*tty morning! Figuratively and LITERALLY.

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Is the Ribbon Enough?


Rev. Andrena Ingram

Rev. Andrena Ingram

Reverend Andrena Ingram (also known as "Pastor Andrena" or "Pastor Ingram") has become a strong advocate for those living in the margins, as she once was. She is an activist in the HIV/AIDS arena, herself living openly and unabashedly with the HIV virus for over 22+ years.

Raised in South Jamaica, New York, Reverend Ingram served seven years of active duty in the U.S. Army. She would later move to the South Bronx, where she attended Transfiguration Lutheran Church with Pastor Heidi Neumark as her pastor and mentor -- empowering her to rise up out of herself and her life challenges, which seemed to her, at the time, insurmountable.

Reverend Ingram is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with a Master of Divinity. She has been the pastor of St. Michael's Lutheran Church on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., for the past four years.

Reverend Ingram can frequently be found speaking about HIV/AIDS, encouraging everyone "to know your status, get tested, and be informed." Silence = Death.

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