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Personal Stories of People Affected by HIV/AIDS



"I want to tell people not to give up on who you are." Watch Susan's Story


African Americans Living With HIV: Memo To Me

We asked African Americans living with HIV: If you could give advice to your younger self, what would you say?

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Newly Diagnosed With HIV: Memo To Me

We asked people living with HIV: If you could give advice to your newly diagnosed self, what would you say?

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Living With HIV: The Journey

"I didn't just want to be an idle observer in this thing called HIV."

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Recap 2014/2015

2014 has been a mix of achievement and setbacks for Maria T. Mejia, but she's figured out how to change her thoughts in order to improve her well-being. And now she is looking forward to all she has lined up for 2015.

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The Odds of Love

A Southerner born in Alabama, Mark S. King has been an active AIDS activist, writer and community organization leader since the early 1980s in Los Angeles. His life has been very full, but he had stopped believing he'd ever get the whole relationship thing right -- that is until he met Michael.

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Angelikah Demonikah Goes From Homeless Youth to Unlikely HIV Activist

Angelikah Demonikah received her HIV diagnosis at only 23 years old, after she got out of rehab and was beginning a new, sober life. As someone who has been on the receiving end of much help and love, Angelikah has chosen to pass that support on to others by pursuing a degree in social work, becoming an activist and living life as her healthiest self.

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Raquel Sapien Shares Her Life as an Openly HIV-Positive, Trans Activist

Raquel Sapien tells us what it was like to grow up transgender in heavily Catholic El Paso, Texas; about living with HIV, hepatitis C and depression; and why being a sex worker has made her such a good communicator.

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Going for Fatherhood After an HIV Diagnosis Brings Doubt

The first thing that came to Justin B. Terry-Smith's mind when he was diagnosed was that his chances of being a dad were gone. Now, as the father of a nearly 18-year-old boy, Justin discusses how his determination to be a father led him to where he is today

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Fatherhood First, Then Coming Out as Gay and HIV Positive

For Paul Constantino, fatherhood came before coming out as gay and before his HIV diagnosis. Paul came out in the early '80s, when HIV did not yet have a name. He has since navigated coming out to his children as a gay man, and coming out to his children as HIV positive. He's even come out as gay to his 13-year-old granddaughter!

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