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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 | Topics in HIV/AIDS | In Loving Memory


People Living With HIV/AIDS

 

Khafre Abif: Freedom Rider Tree Alexander: Tree House Talk (All Strength No Shade)
Khafre Abif

"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

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.

Alive2: The Knowledge I Didn't Want Lynda Arnold: Get Outta My Head, You Crazy Virus!
Alive2

Alive2, a married dad of four, never thought HIV could touch him. Now that he's positive, he's learning all he can about living with HIV, raising a family and taking care of his health -- and reflecting on each step.

Lynda Arnold

"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.: A House in Virginia Devarah "Dee" Borrego: How to Talk Trans
Ben B.

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.

Devarah Borrego

"I see so many of my trans sisters in the U.S. and around the world being severely impacted by HIV and by ignorance," Dee Borrego writes. That's why she speaks out and shares knowledge from her own experiences as a young transgender woman living with HIV.

Robert Breining: The Positive Pitch Janine Brignola: HIVchick
Robert Breining

Sports fan and self-proclaimed "cyber-activist" Robert Breining used to be in the closet about his HIV status. Now he hosts his own online radio show and social-networking Web site for HIV-positive folks.

Janine Brignola

Since her HIV diagnosis, Janine Brignola has been learning all she can about HIV -- but attending her first conference led her to dedicate herself to fighting the epidemic. Still, this decorated activist's great joy and honor is being "mommy" to her son.

Richard Cordova III: Positive Indeed Shana Cozad: Mother Earth
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"We have advertisements for HIV medications telling us that you can live a full and active life," writes Chicago-based health educator Richard; "but ... I want to show that someone living with HIV/AIDS can be OK not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually."

Shana Cozad

A full-blooded Native American, mother of three, long-term AIDS survivor, HIV advocate and proponent of complementary therapies in addition to HIV meds, Shana's got a unique take on a variety of topics -- from health and parenting, to grief and death, to love and relationships.

Philip D.: A Positive Spin Brooke Davidoff: Voice of ONE
Philip D.

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 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.

Thomas DeLorenzo: Who Knew So Few T Cells Could Accomplish So Much? Ria Denise: Lyfe Positive
Thomas DeLorenzo

Long-term HIV survivor, career publicist and HIV/AIDS treatment advocate Thomas DeLorenzo refuses to accept any limitation, recently adding a harrowing law school application process to his list of achievements.

Ria Denise

"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: Enough Negativity! Ellisya: Live Life Like You Were Dying
Teniecka Drake

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.

Ellisya

In a world that's full of ignorant people," says Ellisya, "life is about fighting and fighting all the time." An orphan and rape survivor, Ellisya became a mom on her own at 16; at 21, she and her daughter tested HIV positive. "I am here to share about my life ... hoping that everyone can learn from my real life experience.

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.: Riding the Tiger: Life Lessons From an HIV-Positive Therapist fogcityjohn: Outlier: My Unusual Journey With HIV
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

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.

fogcityjohn

Fogcityjohn is a thoughtful, passionate author whose main themes are friendships, relationships, self-care and self-regard among gay men in the age of HIV/AIDS.

Enrique Franco: A Brighter Vision Nolan Hill: Project Haven
Enrique Franco

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.

Nolan Hill

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.

River Huston: A River Runs Through It Ibrahim: A Poz Salam
River Huston

There are few things River hasn't done. She's got a list of goals to meet before she dies -- which after more than 20 years living with HIV is clearly not going to be soon -- and she's clicking them off one by one.

Ibrahim

What's it like to be an HIV-positive Muslim man living in a Middle Eastern community in the U.S.? Ibrahim pulls no punches in his portrait of his life since being diagnosed in 2009.

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

"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 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.

Bernard Jackson: How Did I Get Here? Mark S. King: My Fabulous Disease
Bernard jackson

When Bernard Jackson writes, as when he speaks and sings, his goal is to make audiences feel and empathize. He shares wise and unique perspectives on love, laughter, work and life, in hopes of helping readers to see things a little differently.

Mark S. King

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: My HIV Journey Bob Leahy: Northern Lights
Aaron Laxton

"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

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: AMarineAndHIV Sherri Beachfront Lewis: HIV DIVA
Brian Ledford

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.

Sherri Beachfront Lewis

Twenty-five-year HIV survivor and former pop star Sherri sure does get around town! Whether she's filming an HIV/AIDS community event, writing about appearing on CNN or sharing her love of good food, this "straight girl in a queer world" knows how to live -- and tell about it.

Rae Lewis-Thornton: Rae Lewis-Thornton Speaks Jimmy Mack: A Long Night's Journey Into Day
Rae Lewis-Thornton

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 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: Rising Up and Speaking Out About HIV and Hepatitis C Maria T. Mejia: Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away
Kevin Maloney

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

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.

Rusti Miller-Hill: Advocacy Outside the Walls B. Osten: Positive Thinking
Rusti Miller-Hill

Rusti began her HIV/AIDs advocacy in the early 1990s, as a peer educator in the prison where she herself was incarcerated. Now this mother, grandmother, wife and long-term survivor fights for incarcerated women's health from outside the walls.

B. Osten

"Every now and then the past creeps back," B. Osten writes. It's a past where he's dealt with meth addiction and mental illness. "When it does I take a moment and compare it to where I am today" -- on treatment, free of meth and not taking even "the smallest of things" for granted.

Frankie Ninja: The Ninja Report Ed Perlmutter: An Accidental Activist
Frankie Ninja

Frankie Ninja -- San Francisco resident, divorced dad, former pilot and Overall Father of The Legendary House of Ninja for the Western U.S. -- hopes that his words will "inspire some to give back, and others to push back."

Ed Perlmutter

"I can't believe no one offered me an HIV test" was Ed's mantra following his HIV diagnosis -- after almost two years of unexplained illnesses, during which an HIV test was never proposed by his doctors. This experience turned Ed into a fierce activist for routine opt-out HIV testing.

Antron Reshaud Olukayode: With Love ATL Sarah and Carmen Anthony Sacco: What's Normal Anyway?
Antron Reshaud Olukayode

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.

Sarah and Carmen Anthony Sacco

Carmen Anthony's music brought him healing after his diagnosis with AIDS in 2000. Sarah was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 at the age of 23. They met at a support group and embarked on life's adventure together. Then, along came their daughter, Abbi -- a precious gift free from HIV.

ScotCharles: Life Is a River Reggie Smith: RISE4WAR -- Focusing on Wellness, Awareness and Recovery
ScotCharles

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

"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.

Scott Simpson: HIV+ Triathlete: Til I Drop Justin B. Terry-Smith: Justin's HIV Journal
Scott Simpson

You'd never know HIV-positive triathlete Scott Simpson was once a "fat bastard, pack-a-day-plus smoker and party animal extraordinaire." In his blog, Scott shares the regular trials and triumphs of competitive triathlon training.

Justin B. Terry-Smith

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.
Photo credit: Don Harris

Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.: Outsmarting HIV: A Survivor's Perspective Loreen Willenberg: Life as an Elite Controller
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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.

Loreen Willenberg

Loreen has been living with HIV since 1992 -- and has never had a detectable viral load. She's an "elite controller" -- one of a tiny percentage of HIVers whose bodies control HIV in different ways without HIV meds. Loreen has devoted her life to finding others like her and getting them involved in research studies that could lead to a cure for HIV.

Jermaine Wright: PozLyfe09: Raw Talk on Life With HIV Jeannie Wraight: Hints and Allegations
Jermaine Wright

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.

Jeannie Wraight

Profound identification with the pain of others was what first drove Jeannie Wraight to the numbing effects of heroin abuse. Since her HIV diagnosis in 1995, Jeannie has found a new way to apply her empathy: as a passionate international HIV treatment activist.

Betsy Yung: My Evil Hitchhiker
Betsy Yung

"[HIV] hopped on and began his nasty business in about the year 2000," writes Betsy Yung, who describes herself as "just your average, hard-working, middle-aged lady living with AIDS." "He never showed himself until I was laying in the hospital on life support ... in July of 2010."


 

HIV/AIDS Topics

 

Gary Bell: Transition to Hope Catherine Hanssens, Esq.: HIV Law & Policy
Gary Bell

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.

Catherine Hanssens

Catherine Hanssens has been active in HIV legal and policy issues since 1984. She is the executive director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy, the first national legal resource and strategy center for people with HIV and their advocates.

Marc Kolman, M.S.P.H.: The Ins and Outs of HIV/AIDS Stigma Elizabeth Lombino: Spread Hope: A Therapist's Guide to Living and Laughing With HIV/AIDS
Marc Kolman

Marc Kolman is a long-term public health administrator and HIV/AIDS advocate living in the southern U.S. Marc has a passion for social justice and a particular interest in exploring, and eliminating, HIV/AIDS stigma.

Elizabeth Lombino

Social worker and HIV advocate Elizabeth writes: "Living with HIV/AIDS can be a daily struggle with many unique challenges. My goal with this blog is to provide a sort of cyber therapy space for you to learn some skills and tools to better cope with these challenges."

Barbara McGovern, M.D.: Making Progress on HCV Treatment in HIV-Infected Patients Candace Y.A. Montague: D.C. HIV/AIDS Examiner
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Barbara McGovern, M.D., is an experienced physician, a widely published researcher and a frequent lecturer on HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) coinfection. She breaks down the latest developments in HIV/HCV treatment research and explains their significance.

Candace Y.A. Montague

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: Flaming Red Positive Policy
Aless Piper

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 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 Dave R.: HIV, Neuropathy and More: Avoiding Becoming a Nervous Wreck
U.S. Positive Women's Network

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.

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.

Race Across America: Team4HIVHope Cycles to Raise Awareness and to Win Michelle J. Sherman, R.Ph., A.A.H.I.V.P.: Ask Your Online HIV Pharmacist
Team4HIVHope

The Race Across America is a grueling, 3,000-mile, 24-hour-a-day bicycle race. Team4HIVHope, whose international riders and crew include many people living with HIV, is in it to win it. Follow the team as they ride from California to Maryland in June 2011, breaking down HIV stigma and advocating for expanded HIV med access as they go.

Michelle J. Sherman

Michelle J. Sherman is a nationally recognized HIV specialist pharmacist who's been practicing in California for more than 20 years. In her blog, Michelle shares tips and wisdom for getting all you can out of your relationships with the folks behind your local pharmacy counter.

TheBody.com: The Viral Truth Volunteer Positive Reports From Field -- Chiang Mai, Thailand
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.

Volunteer Positive

A small group of travelers made history in January 2012: They became the inaugural team of people living with HIV to serve openly as international volunteers as part of Volunteer Positive -- an international service agency created by and for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Many of the organization's volunteers share their stories and experiences in this blog.

In Loving Memory
Brandon Lacy Campos: Queer, Poz and Colored: The Essentials
Brandon Lacy Campos

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.: Life, Love, Sex, HIV and Other Unscheduled Events
Dr. Bob

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: On My Mind
Bonnie Goldman

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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