Latest by Erika Nelson

This Positive Life: Now Over 50, Ed Viera Reflects on HIV's Challenges and Lessons

"I'm doing damn good," says Ed Viera, Jr. "I exercise, I eat right, I sleep, I don't smoke, I don't drink, and I don't do drugs." He's been HIV positive for more than 25 years, and he declares he's "never going to stop living."

By Erika Nelson

This Positive Life: An Interview With Bernadette Berzoza

"There was something in me that said, 'You need to tell these women your story,'" Bernadette Berzoza remembers. Bernadette, a mother, grandmother and the co-founder of an HIV and health education organization, finds her life today is a far cry from t...

By Erika Nelson

This Positive Life: An Interview With Rafael Abadia

I got to see the 'dirty side' of AIDS in the '80s and '90s," Rafael Abadia remarks; "Younger people really haven't. I don't think they see the urgency." Rafael came close to death several times in those early years of the epidemic, and has taken nume...

By Erika Nelson

Esta Vida Positiva: Una Entrevista Con Bernadette Berzoza

"Había algo en mí que, dijo, 'Necesitas contar tu historia a estas mujeres,'" recuerda Bernadette Berzoza. "Creo que muchas mujeres estaban pensando como yo: ' Esta" es mi vida, tengo que vivirla. No es comportamiento riesgoso." Hoy en día Bernadette...

By Erika Nelson

Esta Vida Positiva: Una Entrevista Con Rafael Abadia

"Pude ver el 'lado sucio' del SIDA en los años '80 y '90," comenta Rafael Abadia; "La Juventud no lo vio. No creo que ven la urgencia." Rafael estuvo cerca de la muerte varias veces en los primeros años de la epidemia y ha tenido numerosos regímenes ...

By Erika Nelson

This Positive Life: An Interview With Esmeralda, Part One

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Losing a Partner to Advanced HIV HIV Tests in Mexico and the U.S. Finding Support -- and Finally Processing Work and Family Life Speaking Out, Helping Others

This article is part one of a two-part interview with Esmeralda ...

By Erika Nelson

This Positive Life: An Interview With Sarah

Sarah, let's start from the beginning. Can you tell our readers how you got HIV?

When I was born, my mother had a pretty bad C-section \cesarean section]. As a result, she had to get a blood transfusion, and the blood transfusion was tainted. So sh...

By Erika Nelson

Profiles in Courage: Fortunata Kasege

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HIV Diagnosis HIV, Health Care and Treatment Disclosure, Relationships and Sex

HIV Diagnosis

What was the first thing you did when you were diagnosed?

I was terrified. I don't remember being that scared in my life. It was ...

By Erika Nelson

"Town Hall Meeting" on Ryan White CARE Act

Overview of Ryan White CARE Act Problems Accessing HIV Care in Rural California Accessing HIV Care in Maryland Accessing Ryan White-Funded Dental Care Ryan White-Funded Services for Undocumented Workers Standing Up for Yourself and Gettin...

By Erika Nelson

Profiles in Courage: D'Jaun Black

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HIV Diagnosis Personal Bio HIV, Health Care and Treatment African-American Identity and HIV Disclosure, Relationships and Sex Adventures, Wishes and Likes

This interview has been altered from its original format. State...

By Erika Nelson