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Devarah "Dee" Borrego

Ms. Borrego is an HIV+ transwoman originally from Denver, Colo., who grew up mostly in suburban Connecticut. She acquired HIV at age 20, the same year as she began her transition. She has been living in the Boston area since 2004, where she has worked with and at a number of different community organizations, including JRI Health, TransCEND, the Boston Living Center and Cambridge Cares About AIDS. She was also a founding member of the Positive Women's Network -- United States of America (PWN-USA), an organization led by and for HIV+ American women to address the way HIV disproportionately affects women in the U.S. She currently is a steering committee member for the PWN-USA, as well as the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA).

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Anniversaries and a Cure: A Blog Entry by Devarah "Dee" Borrego

"I find myself on the cusp of 30, and nearing a whole decade of living with this virus, and I'm feeling remarkably OK with it. I'm still nowhere near where I want to be in my life -- every day is still a struggle to deal with the overwhelming magnitu...

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How to Talk Trans: An Introduction

"I'll be writing a series of blogs about how to best interact, support, and just plain talk to the trans community. I know that the subject is very complicated; however, I feel very strongly that only through open dialogue and discussion can minds be...

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Devarah "Dee" Borrego's Intro

My name is Devarah 'Dee' Borrego, and I'm a 28-year-old, HIV+ transwoman originally from Denver, Colorado, who grew up mostly in suburban Connecticut. I acquired HIV at age 20; the same year as I began my transition. I've been living in the Boston ar...

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The Global Village Effect

As AIDS 2012 starts to draw to a close, I start to reflect back on my experiences this week and the one place of the conference which sticks out in my mind is the Global Village. It is an enormous space, filled with people, language, culture, and con...

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Criminal Musings at AIDS 2012

One of the hottest topics of discussion at AIDS 2012 was that of HIV criminalization, both in the U.S. and internationally. Throughout the conference, there were multiple sessions, panels, and presentations on the topic -- which in turn led to a lot ...

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Misunderstood Communities: Building Bridges Between "Them" and "Us"

For Dee Borrego, an HIV-positive transgender woman herself, witnessing the persecution her communities face has often led to frustration and heartbreak. But Dee still strongly believes that, "by being open and honest with those who have questions, we...