While treatment has advanced in leaps and bounds and HIV has become much more manageable, stigma remains rampant.
HIV news updates of today can take Keiko Lane back 25 years, to when she and comrades planned to disrupt a birthday fundraiser for the California legislator who introduced an HIV criminalization bill. She tells all in this excerpt from her memoir-in-...
"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.
"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.
"All of the sudden, he wasn't really interested in sex," recalls Alleen King-Carter. "Even though I had educated him about how HIV undetectable = untransmittable, his counselors and parole officers said he was still endangering himself."
In the Loaded Act of HIV Disclosure, Violence Is Often Unspoken: A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
Discussing disclosure without considering stigma and how criminalization weaponizes HIV status is like pulling leaves off a plant rather than truly uprooting it, writes Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad.
"In order to live well, we must cast off the negative views, words and actions of those who try to shame us into silence and instead use them to renew our determination to live our lives."
Steven Williams writes about deciding the right time to tell his daughter about his HIV status and how he became HIV positive.
"I am a gay man of color openly living with HIV," writes Andrew Spieldenner, Ph.D., chair of United States People Living With HIV Caucus, "and I no longer see a place for my kind of leadership in HIV agencies."
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."