"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."
This refreshing series following an African-American millennial woman living with HIV avoids the sappy or sentimental.
There are numerous instances of life after testing positive that are uplifting and inspiring, something called "post-traumatic growth."
When you or your loved ones are faced with an HIV diagnosis there are several principles that can make the process easier and guide you through this difficult period of transition.
"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.
"What is there to discuss when you are 23 and you think your life is over?" Blogger Lynda Arnold recalls the day she was diagnosed HIV positive, 22 years ago -- and the loved ones who supported her then and are still by her side.
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.
"The fact that mainstream medical science was completely unprepared for the AIDS epidemic meant that the afflicted had to resort to their own means to survive. Meaning, outside of standard medical science."
"What if I got infected years and years, if not decades, ago? What if it had just been hiding out in my body since then, undetected? What if I unknowingly infected others?"
David Duran was diagnosed with HIV in April 2009. Here, David recounts the alcohol-filled depression that followed, and the steps he took to dig himself out and find sobriety -- and his own inner strength.