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Cecilia's Story: Transgender, Chinese Emigre Talks About HIV Stigma and Survival (Video)

September 28, 2012

Cecilia is a transgender woman, originally from China, who has been living with HIV for 18 years. A former substance abuser and survivor of assault, she shares the story of how stigma drove her away from her family -- and why reconciling with her mother is the reason she started HIV treatment.

Cecilia was also recently featured in a Poz magazine piece on women, trauma and HIV.

The Positive Project

Since its founding in 2000, The Positive Project has collected more than 100 first-person stories told by people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. These stories are used to reduce stigma, raise awareness, promote prevention, encourage testing and enhance care.

To learn more about The Positive Project, click here or visit the official website to watch more videos. You can also listen to or read our interview with Dr. Tony Miles, co-founder of The Positive Project.

First-Person Stories From HIV-Positive People: June 2012

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