Angela Jordan and her team take over 700 calls a year from people looking to connect to HIV-related services. "While it is my job, there's a meaning behind it for me," says Angela.
"The nurse walked in and said, 'Ms.Thomas, I'm not going to beat around the bush. Your HIV test came back positive,'" Wanona Thomas writes. "In that moment, my heart dropped in my stomach. I felt numb all over. Her words were final."
"Being isolated is the worst thing that a newly diagnosed HIV positive person can ever have happen to them," Tamala Johnson writes. "I was living my worst nightmare while wide awake."
"Being a long-term HIV survivor, I also have a long-term relationship with my doctor, Judith Currier, M.D." Sherri Lewis writes. "It's not just a visit here and there. You might even say it is an intimate relationship."
Peter, a business owner living with HIV in Brussels, Belgium, has taken his HIV status and turned it into a life philosophy of healthy living and positive energy.
"Through sharing my story, I want to reduce the stigma in our lives and show others that there is truly life after HIV diagnosis," Nakeisa Brown writes.
HIV diva Sherri Lewis shares her story about how she turned her diagnosis into an opportunity to become an HIV activist.
Getting tested is only the beginning -- for people who test positive, it is (or should be) the entry point into HIV care and treatment. For those who test negative, it's part of an ongoing process of staying that way.
"The same process that helped me get clean and sober helped me make peace with my HIV diagnosis. Let us count the ways!"
AIDSWatch 2017 in D.C. was a great chance to talk to transgender folks living with HIV about making smart choices -- and advocating for their community.