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Brian Ledford

This is my story of how I found out I was HIV-positive while still on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps and how I have tried to put the pieces of my life back together through the good times and the bad. I am currently a full time student working on a degree in Information Security Technology, which seems to be taking forever. I want to help make a difference and erase HIV related Stigma in the South, where due to lack of education people still do not know that much about HIV. If my story reaches out and helps at least one person, then I have made a difference.

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My First Serodiscordant Relationship: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

"I am not one to usually talk openly about my relationships but I want to share this with y'all for the simple fact that living with HIV does not mean that you cannot find happiness and that you do not deserve it," writes Brian Ledford.

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The Changing Face of HIV: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

"The face of HIV/AIDS is no longer what we have come to expect; we are not the dying and sick that the media has come to portray over the years," writes Brian Ledford.

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Suicide, My Own Journey: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

In honor of Suicide Awareness/Prevention Month, Brian Ledford speaks out about the struggles he faced when he was newly diagnosed with HIV, contemplated suicide and even attempted it on multiple occasions.

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I Have HIV, but I'm Not HIV Positive Part 2: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

After an initial blog post about how he didn't like the term "HIV positive," Brian Ledford continues thinking about why that blog post resonated and why the term rubs him the wrong way.

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Yes, I Have HIV but I Am Not HIV Positive: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

Do you sometimes dislike the label "HIV positive" as a way to discuss your HIV status? Brian Ledford weighs in.

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The Struggle Within: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

Have you ever wanted to stop taking medications and forget that you were living with HIV? Our blogger talks about those feelings, and pushing through them, in this honest blog.

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5-Year Anniversary: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

Our blogger Brian Ledford is celebrating five years living successfully with HIV. Here, he recounts the roller coaster ride.

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A Letter to Him: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

Not knowing from whom he acquired HIV, Brain Ledford wrote a letter to him, saying how sorry he is for being angry.

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AIDS Free Generation

Many of us bloggers, activists, and health care providers would like to see this happen and I believe it can be achieved, but it is going to take a lot of hard work on everyone's part to make this dream a reality.

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Personal Experience With Stigma: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

Often the battle with HIV is not only against the virus itself, but it is against the stigmas that surround those who are affected by the virus. We have all experienced negative stigmas surrounding our HIV status or stigmas related to any other chron...