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Stepping Up to HIV Stigma in the U.S. South

An Interview With Monica Johnson -- Part of the Series _This Positive Life_

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    "'Nos' really fuel me."
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    "I was a volunteer, outside of just being a client. So they had several clients that I would bring food bags to and do stuff for in Columbia. And they said I brought HIV to 'their town.'"
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    "One of my good friends, they'll say, 'I'm broke.' I'm like, 'You're not broke. Your check's just on the way; we just don't know where it's coming from.'"
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    "I say all the time: Your friends are your family you pick for yourself. So I get to pick my family. I love all of my people."
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    Olivia G. Ford

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    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.