"I want people to understand that living with HIV is not an obstacle," says Armando Ramirez-Guzman, who has been living with HIV since 2003. "You can live life, go out and have fun, and enjoy a movie date."
Brian Belovitch has learned many lessons about self-care during his long journey with HIV and trans identity. Now he channels those lessons into his work as a mental health provider.
Diagnosed with HIV in 1987 while living as a trans woman in New York City, long-term survivor Brian Belovitch documents his life and journey in a new memoir.
"I hate this!" Charles Sanchez pouted, as he sat helplessly on the floor of his hospital room. "I feel so pathetic. Christ!" The nurse, Anthony, cooed comfortingly: "I know, honey. Just let it out, darlin'."
Miguel Garcia, a gay person of color living with bipolar disorder says his recovery "rests heavily on my ability to thwart fear by reclaiming agency over my body and mind and confronting ignorance and stigma."
"It took me years to realize that I was going to get through this and not be ashamed of my HIV status," says Duran. But when he found his voice, that's when others who needed his help started reaching out.
How has time changed the meaning of living with HIV? In this analysis of an artist-made video, the writer discusses PTSD, the power of time and getting to live with HIV "casually."
What does someone with HIV stand to learn from someone with cancer? Blogger Nolan Hill discusses that in his newest video blog.
Sure, you can get pretty insular and selfish right after a diagnosis -- heck, it's expected. But, sometimes, thinking about how a diagnosis affects those around you is important as well.
"Never let anyone have power over your worth never let anyone control your voice."