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Rev. Andrena Ingram
Is the Ribbon Enough?

World AIDS Day 2014 and Selfishly Taking Care of Yourself
November 29, 2014

Oh my goodness, I can't believe I haven't written anything since July of this year! Where has my head been at?

Activists and advocates should always be on the ball! Out there on the front lines, moving the cause forward and ever "in your face."

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I Face These Issues ... You?
July 25, 2014

I saw this picture posted by UNAIDS. If you click on the picture, it will open up, and you can read in the balloons some good things and some not so good issues, we, who are living with HIV, face. By no means are the issues listed complete, and while we may identify and possibly share many of the same issues, we also deal with with many different issues.

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Tell Me: What's in YOUR Closet?
July 18, 2014

It was hard coming up with something to talk with you about. I didn't want to be up here talking just to hear myself talk, but I wanted it to be something memorable, something different, something so important that it would stay with you for at least awhile, if not until the end of your days.

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What's Faith Got to Do With It?
June 13, 2014

Please, don't take this personal. When folks talk about faith and HIV, I can only go from my experience and the experiences I have gathered on my journey and the journey of those blessed men and women who have shared their faith experience with me.

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Infected! Oh, My!
April 5, 2014

How many of you remember being told that you had tested positive for the antibodies which cause HIV? I remember it like it was yesterday! The results were shocking, nothing would EVER be the same! I was filled with dread, I was filled with shame, and I was filled with fear. Took me a few years to get comfortable in my skin.

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HIV, Plantations and the Holy Ones
March 7, 2014

Well, beloved Black History Month has taken on a deeper meaning for me this year. I have learned of some noteworthy, and yet unknown Black folk in my family tree,Which I began tending back in 2006 but its growth was stunted because I could not get past my great grandma Alice on my mother's side of the family.

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Say What You Wanna Say: Be Brave on World AIDS Day
December 1, 2013

This post is for World AIDS Day 2013. It is in honor of those who call me, or make appointments with me to finally disclose your status, for those who read my blog posts on, and reach out to me. It is a post for all who are contemplating coming out from wherever you are. You are loved and supported!

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HIV -- At an Airport Near You!
November 15, 2013

I am well known to walk around my community on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia in my HIV shirt. I have worn my shirt at a conference in Orlando (pretty much insulated with church folk). I wear my HIV shirt in supermarkets.

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I'm Free!
August 29, 2013

I can't begin to tell you how LIBERATING and FREEING that was! I began smoking at age 15...and have smoked for 43 years. I did have one successful year in seminary when I stopped smoking, but picked up again, after a relationship went sour. Contrary to what folks may believe, I don't know that most smokers actually LOVE it. It's an addiction. Nicotine is harder to kick than alcohol and most drugs!

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Take Your Meds! (Video)
August 28, 2013

This is in response to a few articles that seem to be making the rounds about certain "pastors/faith leaders" telling folks to stop taking their medication. And that "God" will heal them.

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