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Reggie Smith

RISE4WAR -- Focusing on Wellness, Awareness and Recovery

It Takes a Fool to Learn That Love Don't Love Nobody
August 23, 2012

As a heterosexual black man, I think it is time we had a talk about why more Black men are not talking publicly about living with HIV, protecting our women and families from HIV, and how to overcome the stigma of HIV. It is time to Rise for WAR!! I'll go first.

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Hope Is Cure for HIV
August 15, 2012

A cure for HIV now seems more feasible because the world can visualize it. Although it is probably more appropriate to call what has happened in the person of Timothy Brown a "sustained virological response", like we do with Hep C, the fact that a human being seems to have been cleared of the HIV retrovirus is indeed promising. That is especially true for those who have had a hard time believing that it would ever be possible. Many of us, including myself, have had to make ourselves believe that a cure is possible and that healing is available to those who seek it.

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HIV at 50 + "Turning the Tide Together"
July 25, 2012

The theme "Turning The Tide Together" speaks to the idea that at this point in the evolution of our conscious existence with HIV, we have progressed to the point on multiple levels of energy where we can overcome AIDS if we act in concert for the greater good. Considering where we started in this battle with HIV 30 years ago, when death seemed like a certainty, and fear won the day, we have come a very long way!! The mere fact that people are daring to not only dream, but speak of a day when at least the clinical diagnosis of AIDS (where immune system is depressed and HIV is present) can be eradicated, and at best -- a "CURE" or vaccine is possible, is exciting!!

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Living Just a Little, Laughing Just a Little (Ain't Easy)
June 19, 2012

I am tired of taking meds!! I know that is not the politically correct position to take, but if you have been taking meds for a long period of time, as I have, you might just get tired of taking medications every day too!! Adherence means having to be disciplined enough to take medications EVERY day, in some cases two or three times a day. That is not an easy thing to do, even if it is the difference between good and bad health, or as we have been told and have sometimes experienced, the difference between life and death.

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Just Don't Want to Be Lonely
May 23, 2012

I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 when there was little or no hope for a long life, so maybe you can understand why it took me so long to decide to disclose that I was carrying the HIV virus. If you can possibly comprehend or remember how crazy the fear and stigma were in 1985, then you know it was appropriate for me not to tell anyone. Had I done so, it would probably have meant that I and my family would have been treated like lepers by many.

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Love Times Love
March 27, 2012

Giving honor to God in gratitude for this now moment, and acknowledging the presence of those spirits who have crossed over to the other side of life in order to guide and protect us, I introduce myself to you. My name is Reggie Smith. I am an author, Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, radio/tv personality, recovering addict, and a passionate, informed advocate for living well with HIV and hepatitis C (hep C). My wife, Dionne, and I know that we are greater than AIDS because we have been living well with HIV and hep C since 1985. I was diagnosed with HIV and hep C in 1988 when we got pregnant with our youngest son (at the time she had two children from a previous marriage, and I had one). Through God's grace and mercy Dionne remains HIV negative to this day, and we are still married. She is my hero.

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RISE4WAR -- Focusing on Wellness, Awareness and Recovery

Reggie and Dionne Smith

Reggie and Dionne Smith

My name is Reggie Smith. My wife Dionne and I have lived with AIDS since 1984. I am HIV+, she is not. We have experienced the suffering of families affected by HIV. With the love and support of many, we have focused on sharing holistic healing solutions for the infected and affected in an effort to diminish the stigma and increase awareness about the unmet needs of U.S. families and surrounding HIV. You are most welcome to share with me here and at my website, ReggieSmith770.

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