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Finding Myself in the Ballroom and the HIV Testing Center Img

Finding Myself in the Ballroom and the HIV Testing Center

One of the hardest parts of being an HIV tester was telling someone they are positive, Smith said, especially when testing young black men like himself. Then he tested positive and realized, "learning that you are HIV+ is a series of moments over a l...

After I Cried All My Tears: Learning to Accept HIV Img

After I Cried All My Tears: Learning to Accept HIV

Since becoming HIV positive 13 years ago, Richard Cordova has learned a lot about himself. Learning to accept his disease did not happen overnight. But he finally reached a breaking point thanks to a song.

Michael Crumpler, Lodz Joseph, Martez Smith, Sur Rodney (Sur), Pato Hebert and, in front: Iele Paloumpsis (in gray) and Ted Kerr ('Love Positive Women' shirt), who gathered to explore the roles of HIV doulas. (Credit: Victoria Law)

For Those Newly Diagnosed With HIV, What Would a Doula Do?

Doulas support people during births, deaths, abortions, gender transitions and other significant life events. What if doulas were available to support people living with HIV, particularly when they are newly diagnosed?

Dumbing Down HIV Treatment Hurts Everybody Img

Dumbing Down HIV Treatment Hurts Everybody

There is so much faulty information on what being on treatment means and when to start that it is hurting us all. But there are solutions that can successfully balance patient rights with the benefits of starting treatment early.

An Open Letter to My Future Sex Partners Img

An Open Letter to My Future Sex Partners

David Duran shares this letter not only only because he still struggles with the right words to use each time he discloses, but also for others to read and understand the thought process when disclosing HIV status.

Unexpected Tribulations: How HIV Changed Everything -- A Blog Entry by Josh Middleton Img

Unexpected Tribulations: How HIV Changed Everything -- A Blog Entry by Josh Middleton

"My story serves as a reminder that this virus does not discriminate and neither should we. Regardless of how we reached this point in our lives we are all brothers and sisters in this battle," Josh writes.

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Finding Meaning in My Diagnosis

"I was super busy with a full life -- working and finishing graduate school -- and thought I was only worn out," Louis recalls.

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Unprepared Yet Resilient

"I drove to the clinic oblivious to the kind of news I was about to receive.” Fabien said. "The remote possibility that I had been at risk at any time escaped me completely."

When I Learned I Had HIV, I Told Myself Life Has to Go On Img

When I Learned I Had HIV, I Told Myself Life Has to Go On

"The doc told me not to test for HIV on that particular day since it was a festive season," Gertie recalls. "I told him, 'I am not a child anymore. I wanted the truth!'"

A Life Turned Upside Down by an HIV Diagnosis Img

A Life Turned Upside Down by an HIV Diagnosis

"I didn't know how to perceive myself upon hearing the news," says Angel Stetson. "Who was I? What did this mean? How was I going to survive, or tell my boyfriend of eight years?"