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A group of international volunteers made history in January 2012. They became the inaugural team of people living with HIV to serve openly as international volunteers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as part of Volunteer Positive -- an international service agency created by and for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

"The absence of visible HIV-positive people in the field of international service has been deeply troubling to me," writes Carlton Rounds, founder of Volunteer Positive. "The modern face of HIV is like mine: ready, willing and able to serve internationally with few accommodation needs. In fact, my unique situation, if leveraged correctly, could potentially make me more relevant as a volunteer working with others affected by HIV."

Some of the organization's volunteers chose to share stories of this unique experience right here in this blog.

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Wait! I ask a friend as we make our way to the San Francisco airport. What's the word for "fish paste" in Thai? I had been trying to learn a few Thai phrases before I left, but with only three months notice, I didn't learn much Thai. Now I'm obsessed...

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Why and How I Volunteer: A Blog Entry From Volunteer Positive

My story begins during the winter of 1993/94 when my partner of 10 years was hospitalized several times with pneumonia. When he was tested and found to be HIV positive, this led to my testing and diagnosis in May 1994. My partner's health deteriorate...

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Fulfilling a Lifelong Dream, Part One: A Blog Entry From Volunteer Positive

From the time President Kennedy introduced the Peace Corps while I was in high school in Rhode Island I wanted to someday be a volunteer.

But first I focused on earning my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico, then time in th...

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Volunteer Positive's First Group of HIV-Positive Volunteers en Route to Thailand

"Ten international volunteers will make history this January 2012, as they become the inaugural team of people living with HIV to serve openly as international volunteers," reports Volunteer Positive, which is organizing the effort.

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