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