Positive Women's Network - USA, Colorado Chapter
I feel so proud that in Colorado this year we were able to repeal two sexually transmitted infection laws and significantly reform the third, and I am most proud that this effort was led by people living with HIV.
Through the Colorado Mod Squad, Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS (CORA) and PWN-USA Colorado, we were a part of every conversation, drafted the original bill and agreed to every compromise. This was not a reform process in which others decided what we needed but instead demonstrated that the Denver Principles are alive in Colorado! That meaningful involvement of people living with HIV is necessary when programs and policies impact our lives -- truly believing that "Nothing about us, without us." We believed we had the skills and capacity to lead change and surprised so many in the process. We removed these outdated laws that tried to rely on old science and stigmatizing beliefs that people living with HIV are risks to public health. WE CHANGED OUR WORLD.
Credit: Positive Women's Network - USA.