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HIV/AIDS Blog Central

HIV/AIDS Blog Central: Our Bloggers

Are you looking for stories, opinions, health tips and coping tricks -- straight from people who are living with or working in HIV/AIDS? Welcome to HIV/AIDS Blog Central, where you can check out TheBody.com's growing community of bloggers and see what they've got to say about health, sex, politics, love and life.

People Living With HIV/AIDS


Khafre Abif Khafre Abif: Freedom Rider

"Believe me when I say that I know how to share," writes Khafre, a longtime HIV survivor and father of two; "I have been in support group meetings all across the East Coast." A librarian by trade before he became a full-time advocate, he thrives on sharing useful information and providing guidance.

Tree Alexander Tree Alexander: Tree House Talk (All Strength No Shade)

A 23-year-old Chicago native, Tree was a fitness trainer before he was diagnosed with HIV. Now he lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is a case worker at one of New York's premier HIV/AIDS organizations.

Lynda Arnold Lynda Arnold: Get Outta My Head, You Crazy Virus!

"There was a time when I fought publicly and proudly," writes 20-year HIV survivor Lynda Arnold. But for more than a dozen years, she took a break from activism to just live. Now she's back -- to share her history, family life, and current struggles with AIDS dementia.

Ben B. Ben B.: A House in Virginia

Ben is an old soul from the American heartland. Indoctrinated as a child on AIDS education throughout the 80s/90s, he's fascinated by the sociological and psychological outcomes that resulted from that exposure, for all of us.

Philip D. Philip D.: A Positive Spin

Writes Philip D.: "I'm a recovering pessimist. Since testing HIV positive in 2007, each time I've been presented with an obstacle or challenge, I also received some help ... I have grown so much, it has made it impossible for me to call the past three years 'bad.'"

Brooke Davidoff Brooke Davidoff: Voice of ONE

Brooke was diagnosed HIV positive in January 2010 -- two months married and 11 weeks pregnant with her first baby -- and has already begun to educate others about HIV.

Ria Denise Ria Denise: Lyfe Positive

"This blog features the randomness of my psyche, realities of living with HIV, things I find interesting and the afrocentricity of me," writes Ria Denise. Ria tested HIV positive in 2004; now she's ready to let her voice be heard. "Welcome to my rediscovery."

Teniecka Drake Teniecka Drake: Enough Negativity!

Since her HIV diagnosis in 2001 -- and her marriage, and the recent births of her three children -- Teniecka really has been taking life for more fun! She blogs to encourage other HIV-positive people in times when they might need a boost.

Matt Ebert Matt Ebert: Kick Rocks

Matthew Ebert is an American writer who lives and works on a dairy farm in Sheshequin, Pennsylvania. In 1987, at the age of twenty-two, he joined the AIDS activist group ACT UP, and has remains committed to a cure for AIDS ever since.

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.: Riding the Tiger: Life Lessons From an HIV-Positive Therapist

David Fawcett has been a social worker and therapist since the mid-1980s -- and he's been living with HIV for nearly that long. In his writing, as in his therapy practice, he draws important links between physical health and emotional resilience -- between how we feel and how we view our lives.

Enrique Franco Enrique Franco: A Brighter Vision

Enrique was discharged from the U.S. Army for refusing to hide that he was gay. He also tested HIV positive at that time. Enrique draws strength and inspiration from all his experiences -- from walking his dog to musing about God.

Phil Gill Phil Gill: Let's Talk About PrEP

An actor, a teacher, a bartender, a student, and a partner in a magnetic couple, Philip wears a lot of hats in his life. He started taking PrEP on 12/26/13 in an effort to keep himself protected from HIV. He decided to document his experiences in order to help those interested in PrEP.

Nolan Hill Nolan Hill: Project Haven

As someone who actually understands what it's like to feel less than human both by the actions of others and the turmoil you cause yourself, I'd like to offer a voice to inspire, an ear to listen, and arms to hug those who are struggling with life's challenges; especially the weight of a positive status.

Tim Hinkhouse Tim Hinkhouse: HIV on the Inside

"I've been HIV positive for over 25 years -- and in prison in Oregon for almost as long because of my health status and non-disclosure. I'll talk to you about the issues faced for a person in my position along with the discrimination and stigmas attached to it behind these prison walls. I'll tell you about the strength and courage I found inside myself to NOT hang up and let this illness or my circumstances finish me off."

Rev. Andrena Ingram Rev. Andrena Ingram: Is the Ribbon Enough?

"With all that I have been, and all that I am, I am not fake," writes Philadelphia-based pastor Rev. Andrena Ingram -- mother of three, addict in recovery, anti-stigma activist and longtime HIV survivor. "I speak my mind. I don't pretend to be 'holier than thou.' ... Heck, I may even let fly a few cuss words every now and then!"

Patrick Ingram Patrick Ingram: ThePozLife

Patrick is a gay African-American male who is living with HIV. Patrick was diagnosed December 1, 2011 (World AIDS Day). Never the kind of individual to accept defeat, he has worked hard to spread awareness, education, resources and support to his community.

Mark S. King Mark S. King: My Fabulous Disease

He's a gay, HIV-positive recovering meth addict in his early 50s with an informative, hilarious video blog. What's not to like?

Aaron Laxton Aaron Laxton: My HIV Journey

"I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that over 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive." But unlike most guys, St. Louis dweller Aaron Laxton picked up a video camera to record and share his new journey with others.

Bob Leahy Bob Leahy: Northern Lights

HIV is "no picnic for many," says this banker turned AIDS activist and prolific, thoughtful writer. "For some of us though, the lucky ones, HIV has been a good thing. ... It's made us make something of our lives."

Brian Ledford Brian Ledford: AMarineAndHIV

"This is my story of how I found out I was HIV-positive while still on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps and how I have tried to put the pieces of my life back together through the good times and the bad."

Rae Lewis-Thornton Rae Lewis-Thornton: Rae Lewis-Thornton Speaks

Rae was the first African-American woman living with HIV/AIDS to tell her story on the cover of a national publication. Since then, she's spent nearly two decades sharing her life, unique style, hopes, dreams, and disappointments with a worldwide audience through interviews, ministry, public speaking and, most recently, social media.

Jimmy Mack Jimmy Mack: A Long Night's Journey Into Day

Jimmy says: "I think that someone needs to be out there saying, 'Look, I'm HIV positive. I have a full-time job. ... I have a healthy, normal sex life with an HIV-negative partner. ... There's so much hope."

Kevin Maloney Kevin Maloney: Rising Up and Speaking Out About HIV and Hepatitis C

When Kevin was diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis C in March 2010, he got right into care for the viruses and treatment for his meth habit. Now he's dedicating his time to raising awareness and sharing the stories of people affected by HIV and/or hep C.

Maria T. Mejia Maria T. Mejia: Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away

When Maria was diagnosed with HIV at 18, her mother said: "You will not die from this, but you will tell the family you have another disease." Now, after years of silence, this Miami resident is more than ready to open up to the world about living with HIV.

Antron Reshaud Olukayode Antron Reshaud Olukayode: With Love ATL

A glance into the world of a HIV Positive young African American artist navigating the Atlanta safari with love, sex and art. From the crazies to the serious, the life of award winning artist Antron Reshaud Olukayode is anything but dull.

ScotCharles ScotCharles: Life Is a River

ScotCharles has had many successes and struggles since testing HIV positive in 1984 -- including battling AIDS-related neurological issues. ScotCharles describes his experiences with clarity and poignancy.

Reggie Smith Reggie Smith: RISE4WAR -- Focusing on Wellness, Awareness and Recovery

"We need more heterosexual couples to share their strength, hope and experiences with the world," writes Reggie Smith. He and wife Dionne -- parents of four, and now grandparents -- have been living with HIV since Reggie's diagnosis in 1988, and they're committed to fighting all forms of HIV stigma.

Justin B. Terry-Smith Justin B. Terry-Smith: Justin's HIV Journal

In his candid video blog, Justin talks about his HIV advocacy, his husband, his role in the leather community -- and how he's learning to take better care of himself and avoid stress.

Eric Trujillo Eric Trujillo: Outsmarting HIV: My Liberating Curse

"My name is Eric Trujillo. I hope that in sharing my experiences of living with HIV, I can educate the public, decrease the stigma associated with the disease and help some of you come to terms with your HIV status."

Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A. Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.: Outsmarting HIV: A Survivor's Perspective

A former chemical engineer-turned-HIV treatment advocate from Venezuela, Nelson Vergel has been living with HIV since 1983. He's the founder of several organizations and the author of numerous works on HIV/AIDS, fitness and wellness. He has helped thousands of people live better with HIV/AIDS through his Web sites and public appearances.

Francisco Luis White Francisco Luis White: BlaQ Poz Now

BlaQ Poz Now provides a fresh, empowered Black and queer perspective on navigating healthcare, dating/sex, and advocacy in a changing HIV landscape. Featuring sharp commentary from Francisco Luis White, as well as interviews with young, Black changemakers and unheard voices in the fight to end HIV/AIDS, BPN dares to go there.

Jermaine Wright Jermaine Wright: PozLyfe09: Raw Talk on Life With HIV

Why is Jermaine Wright juggling parenthood, prevention outreach for a busy Midwest ASO, and a video blog about the finer points of living with HIV, all in his early-mid 20s? Because it's his mission to reach out to other young HIV-positive black folks like himself.




Gary Bell Gary Bell: Transition to Hope

Gary Bell is a longtime HIV/AIDS advocate and executive director of BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues), the first HIV/AIDS service organization in the U.S. to target urban communities of color.

Candace Y.A. Montague Candace Y.A. Montague: D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner

Washington, D.C., native Candace is fed up with HIV/AIDS in her hometown. So she's using her master's degree in Community Health Education and her love for writing to sound the alarm.

Aless Piper Aless Piper: Flaming Red

For activist and Eastern Canada resident Aless Piper, HIV/AIDS entered her life in the form of a grade-six school project -- and an HIV-positive man nearly three times her age who became a lifelong friend.

Positive Policy Positive Policy

Positive Policy is a multi-blogger forum for sharing developments in law, policy and activism relevant to people living with, working in and otherwise affected by HIV/AIDS.

Positive Women's Network of the United States of America Positive Women's Network of the United States of America

The Positive Women's Network of the United States of America (PWN-USA) is a network of HIV+ women and allies organizing and advocating for our rights -- and blogging all along the way.

Dave R. Dave R.: HIV, Neuropathy and More: Avoiding Becoming a Nervous Wreck

When Dave R. realized "there simply isn't a cure for neuropathy, in the same way that there isn't a cure for HIV," he started educating himself, and others, on how to manage the mysterious condition that he -- along with about 30 percent of HIVers -- was facing.

TheBody.com: The Viral Truth TheBody.com: The Viral Truth

The Viral Truth is the official online home for reflections from TheBody.com's team on HIV news, issues affecting the HIV community, changes to our site, and the inevitable intersections of work, life and love.


In Loving Memory


Brandon Lacy Campos Brandon Lacy Campos: Queer, Poz and Colored: The Essentials

When Brandon encountered self-stigma, silence or fear, he faced it head-on in his blog -- sharing his experiences with openness, urgency and more than a little humor. He also had a face filled with wisdom and mischief; a laugh you could not help but join with your own; a presence that could best be described as radiant. After his death in November 2012, at 35 years of age, the loss was suffered acutely throughout many communities, including Brandon's international online community on social media. Read Brandon's memorial.

Bob Frascino, M.D. Bob Frascino, M.D.: Life, Love, Sex, HIV and Other Unscheduled Events

Robert "Dr. Bob" Frascino, M.D., TheBody.com's long-time friend and expert, was a brilliant immunologist who was working in HIV well before he became HIV positive in 1991. He started working with TheBody.com in May 2000 as a host in our Q&A forums. Until his passing on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, from bacterial sepsis, he touched millions of people with his humor and spirit through his Q&A forums on HIV prevention and HIV-related fatigue and anemia, as well as his blog. Read Dr. Bob's memorials by TheBody.com community members and by his husband, Dr. Steve.

Bonnie Goldman Bonnie Goldman: On My Mind

Bonnie Goldman was TheBody.com's editorial director from its founding in 1995 until January 2010. No one word sums up Bonnie better than "passionate." She was passionate in everything she did and said -- from fighting for the rights of people living with HIV to raising awareness of HIV in underserved communities. Bonnie passed away due to breast cancer on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. Read Bonnie's memorial.


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