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This Positive Life: Dee Dee Chamblee Bounces Back From 3 T Cells to Being a Trans Activist

    Dee Dee Chamblee
    Dee Dee Chamblee
    "We couldn't even keep up with the people that were dead. We would have to call and make sure: Did you tell me that somebody died that day?"
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    "I was doing everything everybody that was dying around me was doing. So I knew my time was coming, too. I hadn't done anything different than they had did. We were having the same men, you know, turning the same tricks."
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    "You're dealing with a quadruple stigma. You're dealing with being black, you're dealing with being transgender, you're dealing with being poor and uneducated, and then you're dealing with \[HIV\]."
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    "Every day is a fight -- a fight to use the bathroom, a fight to get a job, a fight to get people to respect you as you present yourself, a fight just to have normal human rights."
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    Terri Wilder, M.S.W.

    Terri Wilder, M.S.W.

    Terri L. Wilder, M.S.W., has been part of the HIV community since 1989, and has been a reporter and writer for TheBody/TheBodyPro since 2007.