Rick Guasco is the creative director of Positively Aware, a Chicago-based publication providing accurate, up-to-date treatment information for people living with HIV and their caregivers. He's been living with HIV for more than 25 years.
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"I want people to understand that living with HIV is not an obstacle," says Armando Ramirez-Guzman, who has been living with HIV since 2003. "You can live life, go out and have fun, and enjoy a movie date."
Growing up in his father's church, Joshua Stovall had a religious upbringing. But it wasn't until he became HIV-positive that he discovered the real meaning of faith.
While ACT UP protested for better access to HIV medications in the late 1980s and '90s, artists loosely affiliated with the activist organization were producing some of the most iconic -- and controversial -- images of their time.
It seemed like any other day, but Thursday, September 22 was A Day with HIV, and dozens of pictures were being posted on social media, accompanied by the hashtag #adaywithhiv.
"I often say that rugby saved my life, because along with my medications, I always knew that there was this big commitment in my life," Bhuttu Matthews says.
"The side effects came with almost the first pill. And during the day, a depression was beginning to settle in. I was afraid that this was my new normal," says Guasco of his struggles to make peace with HIV meds.