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Rae Lewis-Thornton: A Diva Talks About Her HIV Diagnosis and Childhood of Abuse (Video)

    "If men could get HIV from having sex, then why couldn't women get HIV from having sex? ... I actually was one person who started very, very early \[in the epidemic\] using condoms 100 percent of the time. The problem was I was already infected."
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    "I'd stand in the grocery stores, and listen to people have conversations about me. They'd say, 'She's not the woman with AIDS; the woman with AIDS is on the inside. This is the model. She can't have AIDS!' But I did."
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    "I was 29, in a therapist's office; and I said, 'I've been having sex all my life. I'm a sexual being. I've been having sex since I was 10 years old.' And the therapist looked at me and said, 'How does a 10-year-old have sex with a 19-year-old?' And I cried for two weeks."
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    "When you grow up in an unhealthy, abnormal life, it becomes your normality. It becomes the way of life. And so you first have to learn what normal is, and then you have to work to get to a place where you can practice what this normality is."
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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.