“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.”
“The impact ... has been devastating on women living with HIV,” says Naina Khanna of Positive Women’s Network.
By raising questions and considerations, these activists remind us to build community in a time of distance by loving, not fearing, each other.
“I’ve been emotionally affected, especially when I look at the news on TV and the first thing I see is Gov. Cuomo talking about how many people are infected and have died.”
Many longtime survivors of HIV are now finding themselves in the middle of a new pandemic. Here is how they are coping.
In the underfunded world of early 1980s HIV care, Candy Marcum worked at a Dallas-based resource center that opened up a hotline for gay men with HIV when it was still called GRID.
Caitlin Ryan, a lesbian and social worker, as well as first executive director of AIDAtlanta, faced pushback from some gay men who felt that women had no place in the response to AIDS.
Jacquie Bishop has seen some of the worst of the AIDS epidemic up close. Not only in her personal life, but also in her professional life. In this interview, she talks about the people with AIDS who she loved deeply, like Haitian writer Assotto Saint.
The HIV community spills the tea on how they spend The Big V.D.!
"I want people to understand that living with HIV is not an obstacle," says Armando Ramirez-Guzman, who has been living with HIV since 2003. "You can live life, go out and have fun, and enjoy a movie date."