Personal Stories of People Affected by HIV/AIDS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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