Sure, there are physical and lifestyle changes that come along with an HIV diagnosis. But just as important is taking time to heal from trauma.
Australian activist Steven Spencer on how he came to understand HIV stigma once he tested positive, and his renewed commitment to social justice and enjoyment of life.
Knowing your status, and having the current information on treatment and care, is everyone's business, Toraje Heyward writes.
As a gay man with HIV in South Africa, Wiseman T. Zondi writes, "I realized that to truly be free, I had to come out once again."
Christopher Kennedy tells his story of being diagnosed with HIV, fighting shame in the face of loved ones' confusion, and finding unexpected love.
In his first time writing publicly about his HIV status, Aaron Anderson details how he learned to love after being diagnosed with HIV.
"My contracts were created not out of my own preferences but birthed from ignorant prejudice, old-school rhetoric, and criminal laws that I've needed to navigate while living with HIV," Tiffany Marrero writes.
"As people with HIV, we're always making and remaking this decision around disclosure."
Kierra Hines reflects on the day her mother "built up the strength and courage to finally tell me that she was HIV positive."
"I tell myself that those who do not want to be a part of my life because of my status are not people I want in my life to begin with," Nestor Rogel writes.