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HIV: The Experience Is Your Own, But You're Not Alone in the Room

"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."

By Rick Guasco for Positively Aware

From Rural New York, Rolake Odetoyinbo Fights for the Rights of Nigerian Women and Girls With HIV

For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, we honor the work of Rolake Odetoyinbo, who fights for the human rights of women and girls, the LGBT community, and people with HIV in Nigeria.

By Sam Avrett

Exhibit in New York Unearths 1990s Activism by HIV-Positive Women in Prison

"Women are dying in here, and we need some advocacy and support," AIDS activist Joann Walker wrote from prison decades ago. 'Metanoia' features Walker, her contemporaries, and currently active women of color AIDS advocates.

By Tim Murphy

Stories of African-American Women Aging With HIV: 'My Life Wasn't What I Hoped It to Be'

"HIV for African-American women has never been a single issue, separate from histories of addiction, trauma and poverty," Thurka Sangaramoorthy writes.

By Thurka Sangaramoorthy for The Conversation

R. Kelly, Sexual Predators, and HIV in a Society Where Black Girls Don't Matter

The Lifetime documentary 'Surviving R. Kelly' has helped highlight how sexual assault impacts young black girls and teens. Evany Turk explains how ending rape culture is essential to ending the HIV epidemic.

By Evany Turk

A Year of Lessons, and by Far the Hardest Year of My Existence

"I can't wait to start the year and optimistic that all of these trials were learning lessons," Maria Mejia writes.

By Maria T. Mejia for The Well Project

Marnina Ross-Miller Is a Young Leader Who Wants to Learn From Older HIV Activists

An interview with Marnina Ross-Miller about the obstacles young black women still face in taking on leadership roles in the HIV movement, as well as opportunities they have.

By Tuyishime Claire Gasamagera

It's Time for the Next Generation of HIV Activists to Lead

"The best gift we could give this movement is to step aside," said prominent HIV activist Phill Wilson at the U.S. Conference on AIDS. "This younger generation is smarter, younger, wiser, more capable, and they have the foundation that we built."

By Tuyishime Claire Gasamagera

Where Do I Fit In?

"I have found it is really difficult to find a place where you can fit in the poz community for many reasons," Kimberly Glanz writes.

By Kimberly Glanz for HIVE

Why My Ex and Best Friend Li and I Broke Up After 10 Years Together and Married Legally

In this sad tale of immigration, HIV, and the insurmountable hurdles involved, Maria Mejia recounts the end of her marriage.

By Maria T. Mejia for The Well Project