Stigma is as much a part of HIV as ever. That's the point made by "A Day With HIV," Positively Aware's anti-stigma campaign.
"Empower people with HIV, respect their voices and learn from their expertise," urges Samantha Farley, a young woman who assisted in a Southern HIV storytelling project. Here's what she learned.
After Week One of a Trump Presidency, Facing Fears That My Son Will Have a Sick, Dying Mother: A Blog Entry by Brooke Davidoff
"Keeping programs like the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion active and funded keeps [HIV-positive people] alive and working, not dying in some hospital bed," Brooke Davidoff writes.
With HIV, It's Easy to Impose Beliefs on Others Instead of Offering Compassion, Care and Inclusion: A Blog Entry by Harold R. "Scottie" Scott
"I have found through my own experience that religious groups have failed to offer compassion, care and inclusion to those of us living with HIV/AIDS," Harold Scott writes.
"HIV/AIDS is definitely a touchy subject," Harold Scott writes. "My part in it all has been to live with it as best I can and to bring it out into the open so that it will not stay hidden."
Missing My Mother, I Recall How Stigma Stopped Me From Telling Her My HIV Status: A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
"My mother worked at an ASO in the early '90s when people were on AZT and dying at alarming rates," recalls Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad. "I figured that I'd be crushing her now if I said anything about my status."
Moving the Humanity of People With HIV Out of the Equation: How HIV Surveillance Traumatized Me -- A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
"I felt alarmed that not one notice or attempt at contact had happened prior to the knock on my door. This felt overwhelming and like contact with law enforcement," Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad recalls.
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."
"Even though some people or events in life might try to break you down, having a life full of love, hope and joy is still possible," Donna writes.
"The work to see people living with HIV as normal and equal to others will be my most important area of focus until it changes," vows Eric Leonardos.