Tim Hinkhouse reflects on deceased family members who shaped his character as a child and supported him during his trial and eventual imprisonment.
"This young man is driven by similar factors that motivated thousands of us many years ago: a personal connection, inspiration derived from witnessing extraordinary bravery, and a desire to affect change," writes Douglas Brooks.
Back in 2001, I had an allergic reaction to an HIV medication that wound up with a call to 911, a trip to the local hospital and, eventually, me becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
From the outside, Rev. Andrena Ingram's childhood looked charmed -- an attentive, stay-at-home mother, a father, a nice home in Queens, NY. But on the inside, Ingram recalls feeling strange.
David describes how listening to the stories others in the HIV community inspired him to share his own.
Heterosexual Identity Crisis: The Untold Story of Shame Among HIV-Positive Straight Men -- A Blog Entry by Josh Middleton
"Caught between a rock and a hard place, many heterosexuals, especially straight men, feel alienated -- from both the heterosexual community and the broader HIV-positive community," says Middleton of Pozitive Hope.
When Johnson-Lett's fiancé told her children she was HIV positive without her permission, she wasn't sure how her children would react. Then her daughter told her, "Mom, it's okay! No matter what you have, I'm going to love you anyways."
"The truth of the matter is MSM are 44 times more likely to contract HIV than someone who is straight," Middleton writes. "With people like myself being on the 'bottom of the totem pole,' I wonder, do stories like mine matter?"
Maria T. Mejia discusses the difficulties of long-term survivors, after "so many years of hiding in shame, feeling worthless, having the fear of dying."
"Disclosing one's HIV status is a very personal decision, especially to one's parents," Middleton writes. "But disclosing my status to my parents turned out to be one of the best things I ever did."