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This Positive Life: An Interview With Joyce Turner Keller

    "The first lesson that I learned as an HIV/AIDS-positive woman is that you don't tell folks at McDonald's."
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    "There's got to be a better solution. If I've got to distance myself from the people that I love, my support system, I need them to need me. I need a reason to keep on going. To say that I have to give that up, something's wrong with this picture."
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    "It never crossed my mind. All I knew is, 'Here's an opportunity for me to learn something about something. Somebody else besides me has to be living with this disease.'"
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    "Rejection from others has empowered because I knew then how necessary it was for me to step up because after I'd read the literature and began to do the research about this disease, I realized that ignorance and silence was what was really killing us."
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    "HIV just made me stronger, more determined, more focused. HIV has changed me in the way that I knew I had faith before, and now it's just given me this 'I can' attitude."
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    Kellee Terrell

    Kellee Terrell

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    Kellee Terrell is the former news editor of TheBody. Her articles and interviews have appeared in Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Al Jazeera, Essence, The Root, The Advocate, and HelloBeautiful.