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First Person: Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga

    "If I was bringing shame to the congregation by saying publicly that I am HIV positive, I told them to forgive me, but that is something I had to do."
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    "What I can tell you about my friends living with HIV in Bolivia is this: Those who are alone, who don't have a partner or a family; they get so depressed and die. Those who live with somebody, with a family or a partner; they survive."
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    "We even have the problem that some HIV medications expire in the customs office because they didn't accelerate the paperwork to release the medications."
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    "We are going to rest as leaders in the Bolivian Network of People Living With HIV only when medications are available from the government and sustainable."
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    "I think we have to support rape survivors. Because even if the men who rape you don't transmit HIV to you, the rape affects your mental health, and afterwards you start to put yourself at more risk."
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    "When we started the Bolivian Network of People With HIV, some of our friends died, waiting for HIV medications to come. Some of them died, waiting for the stigma to change. I am able to see the changes in Bolivia now because of my work ..."
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    Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga
    Gracia accepting the Keith Cyler AIDS Activist Award.
    Gracia with another AIDS activist award winner, Deborah Peterson Small, Executive Director, Break the Chains.