Blossom was denied admission to nursing school as an out trans woman. She's joined others to share stories in Empowered: Trans Women and HIV, saying that "HIV is not the end of the road. It should be just the beginning."
Alicia Diggs became celibate shortly after learning she had an undetectable viral load. She knows her risk of HIV transmission is negligible. But the ignorance and stigma she faces makes it not worth it. She's not alone.
If you're a young woman who has experienced hiring discrimination and a lack of resources, it would be easy to give up. Instead, Meghan Williams has turned her past experiences into a way to help others.
Seeking Clemency From an HIV Criminalization Sentence: When Has Time Been Served? A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse
With over 30 years still left of his sentence for "attempted murder," Tim Hinkhouse wonders if medical advances in HIV treatment and his personal growth while in prison should make him eligible for clemency.
HIV activist Christian Hui is fighting HIV stigma so that others don't have to go through what he did.
"If my blogs help anyone practice safe sex even with someone they have been with for years then my story has had a purpose," writes Brooke Davidoff.
"The PARTNER study results showed me there are other people out there just like me," Amber writes. "It opened my eyes to how many people go through the fear of passing this disease to the one they love the most."
As HIV criminalization laws in Oregon change, Tim Hinkhouse wonders if there's any chance the state's governor will take his latest application for clemency under consideration, or he will continue to remain in prison until 2050.
"We need to continue to speak out, those living with and those affected by HIV, in order to ensure that we are not forgotten, and that the legacy of those who can no longer speak out continues," Nina Bennett writes.
"People with AIDS are vilified for something they did once in their lives -- for unsafe sex or injecting drugs," says Laura Whitehorn. It's similar with the population aging in prison, she says, held indefinitely due to parole denials.