“Because of my diagnosis and the struggle that I went through, coming to terms with it, I think it has made me a stronger person. I’ve actually accomplished things I never thought I would.”
Though Seattle is doing well compared to many other U.S. cities, it could still invest more to serve marginalized populations, including black residents and injection drug users.
Sure, there are physical and lifestyle changes that come along with an HIV diagnosis. But just as important is taking time to heal from trauma.
A young person confronts shame and silence to reclaim their sexuality, with or without their family's support.
Charles Sanchez tells his story of coming of age and coming out.
Growing up in his father's church, Joshua Stovall had a religious upbringing. But it wasn't until he became HIV-positive that he discovered the real meaning of faith.
"I hate this!" Charles Sanchez pouted, as he sat helplessly on the floor of his hospital room. "I feel so pathetic. Christ!" The nurse, Anthony, cooed comfortingly: "I know, honey. Just let it out, darlin'."
"This is spiritual work, and I feel as if I am spiritually guided," explains Shabazz-El of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN). "My story is one where God has purposely placed people in my life."
High school sweeties, Andy and Christy James, reconnected after 30 years, set an example for the faith-based community as they ride in memory of a friend lost to AIDS.
"[T]here are some denominations, some pastors, some Christians who use the Bible as a lethal weapon against LGBTQ and people living with HIV. Some folks use the Bible to tear you down."