"Being isolated is the worst thing that a newly diagnosed HIV positive person can ever have happen to them," Tamala Johnson writes. "I was living my worst nightmare while wide awake."
"Some wouldn't want to be in this place right now and have this disease but not me, because it's my starting point in life," Shelia Crockett writes.
Excerpts from a collection of journal letters written by an HIV-positive father to his son chronicling the lessons of life he has learned in his journey with HIV.
Peter McLoyd doesn't care what you think of him. From addiction to advocacy, his story has been defined by overcoming obstacles.
"Through sharing my story, I want to reduce the stigma in our lives and show others that there is truly life after HIV diagnosis," Nakeisa Brown writes.
Mark S. King and Counter Narrative Project founder Charles Stephens have a candid conversation about gay men, sex, racism, HIV and the thrill of the taboo.
Ken Williams, a program manager for AIDS Foundation Houston, was already a blogger for the LGBT community when he found out he had HIV. He then set out to chronicle his experience to reach others struggling to live with the virus.
"All I had seen in the news about HIV is that 'you're going to die," Guy Anthony says. "I didn't want to accept that narrative for myself; neither did I want to accept that narrative for my friends."
Prevention activist Justin Lofton says that HIV agencies aren't doing enough to tell clients about PrEP. And that's a problem.
"I learned that people felt they were entitled to my body and health status," writes Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, after he refused taking HIV meds as a protest.