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Shana Cozad

Shana Cozad is a full-blooded Native American enrolled with The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma. She is also of Caddo, Delaware and a smidgen of French decent. Shana has been a noted, recognized public speaker, HIV/AIDS prevention educator and CTR counselor since 1994. Shana has spoken at numerous schools, universities, AIDS memorials, AIDS Walks and World AIDS Day events. Highlights include POZ Magazine, Keynoting for the 3rd Annual Circle of Harmony Conference and (Keynote for) the Mississippi State Department of Health HIV/STD Service DIS Conference and Update. Shana's story is also among the women's voices in River Huston's book A Positive Life. Shana is currently married to a wonderful lawyer and together they are raising three children in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Personal Stories

The Biggest and Most Important Conversation With HIV

"HIV provides an opportunity to have a rather unique relationship with it, one unlike all other diseases," Shana Cozad writes. "But they are real, and they are important. And they can teach us if we are willing to listen and sit down with them."

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Personal Stories

On Talking to Your HIV Meds, and Listening to Your Body

Whether you've dealt with side effects or just worried about them, it seems like everyone's got a story about them. What's yours?

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Personal Stories

When My Teenage Son Came Out to Me

"My gays never walked away. They loved me while I was sick and then they loved me while I became well. I was truly cradled and that made the difference in choosing and fighting for my life."

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Striving for Zero: A Blog Entry by Shana Cozad

"So while our torches are still lit, while we still have the will and the drive to parade, to campaign, to speak our truth, listen. Listen well. ZERO is achievable. Mathematically speaking, zero is a magical and fascinating number. Zero is zero, it e...

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Personal Stories

The Sight of Death: A Blog Entry by Shana Cozad

"Somewhere in the getting better and getting busy with life, I had gotten married, had two more kids and made a career out of HIV prevention education. Yet somehow I was not listening to my own story of survival. I had lost myself somewhere along the...

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The Pain Blog: A Blog Entry by Shana Cozad

"I acknowledge you. I feel you with my every walk and climbing of stairs, I feel you when I sit and I feel you when I lay down. ... I wanted nothing more when I was growing up than to be acknowledged for who I was. Perhaps you need to be acknowledged...

Meditations on Love and Death (or "Day Spa"): A Blog Entry by Shana Cozad Img
Death & Mourning

Meditations on Love and Death (or "Day Spa"): A Blog Entry by Shana Cozad

"Don't you ever wish there was a prettier word for death, rather than death? Like say, 'Day Spa'; you instantly get all relaxed inside and know it's such a good thing," blogger Shana Cozad writes. Everyone will have their day at the spa, Shana knows;...

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Conversations With My Virus: A Blog Entry by Shana Cozad

"I needed to attempt to have a positive relationship, an understanding of who we both were," writes Shana Cozad on living with HIV. When Shana received an AIDS diagnosis as a young mom in 1993, part of how she coped was by sitting down and having a c...