Behind the wheel of her car, Jennifer Vaughan shot a video sharing her unexpected HIV diagnosis. Four months and over 200,000 YouTube views later, Vaughan's informal videos are demystifying HIV.
"When I was diagnosed with HIV, I felt, in a way, kind of relieved, because I knew that I had to make major decisions in my life that I'd been really cowardly about prior to my diagnosis," Damita Pearson writes. "I realized that I could either live o...
"It was not hard at all to accept because I had lost relatives and friends before through HIV/AIDS," Nobuntu Shoba writes. "Rather, it was more like eye opening that if I did not accept myself for who I have turned out to be, then no one will and I w...
"After years of negative results, I had in some illogical way convinced myself that I was above this virus," reports S. from South Africa. "After all, this time the test was just a formality before taking the PrEP step."
Growing up on a working farm in rural Tennessee, Harold Scott never thought he would be affected by the AIDS epidemic. Then he learned his HIV status.
"I had just turned 25 and was about to graduate from grad school. Things were looking up for me -- but I wasn't feeling well and knew deep inside that something was wrong," recalls George Johnson. "It was November 19 to be exact, a day after my mom's...
Two dedicated advocates living with HIV -- one almost 30 and the other 60 -- share the most important things they say to people their age who are newly diagnosed with HIV.
"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.
"I decided to reach out to a few people older than me, who have lived longer with HIV, to learn from them," writes Deondre Moore. "What insight do they have for a younger me -- or a younger them?"
"Two weeks before, my doctor assured me that I did not have anything to fear. He didn't really see the need for me to be tested," London recalls. "Well, where was he now? Why wasn't he here to reaffirm those feeling?"