Follow Us
https://www.thebody.com/category/african-americans-hiv/tag/personal-stories
African-Americans

Personal Stories

The Latest

From an HIV Diagnosis to Finding Love and Becoming a Parent Img

From an HIV Diagnosis to Finding Love and Becoming a Parent

"With the opportunity before me to have a family, I've never been so open and proud to take on anything in my life," Charles Shazor Jr. writes.

Being a Black Queer Woman and Sex Education Advocate Img

Being a Black Queer Woman and Sex Education Advocate

"In my advocacy work, many of my close friends and mentees experience ostracism and uncertainty," Amber Broaden writes. "Especially people in or closely associated with the HIV/AIDS community."

Disclosing to My Son Img

Disclosing to My Son

"Disclosing with my son was kind of like I was backed into a corner, because he was about to find out from Google whether I was ready or not," Deon writes.

Missed Opportunities Img

Missed Opportunities

After too brief a visit with her OB/GYN where she wanted to discuss a few personal sexual health concerns and inquire about PrEP, Nikole left feeling frustrated, disappointed and uncared for.

Who Loves Us When We Are Messy? A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad Img

Who Loves Us When We Are Messy? A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad

"Today has been hard," says Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad, after the loss of a friend. "It is hard to love someone who's vulnerability piques yours and whose struggle reminds you of just how fragile we all are."

On My Path to Fatherhood Img

On My Path to Fatherhood

Devon Stoney writes about adopting a child, "I don't know where this journey will take me but I believe in facing fears head on and not cowering away from them."

Getting on PrEP at 62 Img

Getting on PrEP at 62

"At my age today, I am not looking to become a statistic," Selma writes. "So as I go forward in life, I am looking forward to PrEP keeping me HIV negative."

Building Community in Rural Virginia: An Interview With Kim Williams Img

Building Community in Rural Virginia: An Interview With Kim Williams

An HIV advocate, grandmother, poet and patient of University of Virginia Ryan White Clinic talks about her experiences with the Positive Links smartphone app.

HIV 360° Fellow Spotlight: PJ Moton Img

HIV 360° Fellow Spotlight: PJ Moton

With seven years of experience in HIV research, prevention and care, specifically focused on black gay and bisexual men, PJ has become a nationally recognized leader among his peers.

Compulsive Practice

Justin's HIV Journal Videos Showcased at the Brooklyn Museum Exhibit: A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith

Justin B. Terry-Smith is proud to announce his video blog, "Justin's HIV Journal," will be a part of the upcoming "Compulsive Practice" exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.