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Why I Want to Show My Face After 20 Years: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img

Why I Want to Show My Face After 20 Years: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"My partner's sister passed away from cancer," recalls new blogger Maria T. Mejia. "[I] asked myself, WHY can't I say I have HIV? Why is it that anyone can say they have cancer or diabetes or any other health condition and I am so scared to disclose ...

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First-Person Stories From HIV-Positive People: January 2011

When she was diagnosed in 1988, Sharon felt as if she was the only woman in the world with HIV. Now 57, she's a long-term survivor who speaks passionately about aging with HIV and the "happy hour" culture among some older people. In this video interv...

Out and Proud: A Blog Entry by Richard Cordova III Img

Out and Proud: A Blog Entry by Richard Cordova III

"Coming to [a] place of peace and openness has opened my eyes to the reality of what it means for many people living with this disease in 2010," blogger Richard Cordova III writes in our year-in-review series. "With the medications keeping so many of...

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A Place Called Home

"I have always struggled with disclosure, whether it is with friends, family or potential partners. But I never really paid much attention to whether my HIV status would, or should, have any bearing in renting a room," William Ching writes. He shar...

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It's Time to Remove the Veil

"Our families have always requested that we respect their privacy, but in the African-American community our need for privacy has morphed into something more insidious, a 'veil of secrecy,'" writes Zina Age, the founder and CEO of Aniz, Inc., a commu...

_This Positive Life_: Mondo Guerra of Project Runway Talks About Living With HIV and the Power of Disclosure Img

This Positive Life: Mondo Guerra of Project Runway Talks About Living With HIV and the Power of Disclosure

When Mondo Guerra was chosen to be on the hit reality show Project Runway, his main goal was to live out his dream of being a successful fashion designer, not to be a poster boy for HIV. But one emotional challenge compelled him to disclose on-air th...

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Working Through It: A Blog Entry by Brandon Lacy Campos

So, it's after Friday night's exchange with my teammate, whose name I shall not use as he asked oh so politely that I not do so. And even though I would be completely justified in ignoring a request that was made so lovingly, I will go ahead and resp...

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Rough Night: A Blog Entry by Brandon Lacy Campos

It is 4:25am, and I am sitting at my desk working on not crying and chatting with a friend from junior high and high school on Facebook about the royally screwed up discrimination her daughter is experiencing in her Minneapolis suburb school district...

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Enclosed by Disclosure: A Blog Entry by Tree Alexander

Should we disclose 100 percent of the time?

In the HIV community disclosure is a controversial topic right now. "Tell. Tell. Tell," they say. I feel before we can tell our status we must consider three things: Why am I telling, who am I telling and ...

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My Pretend Life Without HIV

My mother-in-law is visiting us this week. She's still active at 84, engaged in life, and accepts me completely as her son's longtime partner and a member of the family. So it's a shame she doesn't know the first thing about me.

That first thing is ...