Don’t forget the people that went before us who struggled with HIV infection and ultimately passed away. I wonder why I’m left, but I have the opportunity to share there story. And I have the opportunity to live.
World AIDS Day is a time to take some time out from our lives and pause; to think about where we’ve been. But we also stand together as one community to look forward to achieving an AIDS-free generation.
These are the faces of hope; this is the face that lets you know that you can live successfully with HIV–that your life doesn’t stop with a diagnosis.
If we come together, we can make a more significant difference. We need to be talking more openly about prevention and about how we can get to zero.
We need to make it more normalized; that’s how you’re going to get past the stigma, and that’s how you’re going to get people educated enough to be tested, to know what they are doing, and to protect themselves.
To be standing here 16 years later with a life, with a husband, healthy, happy — is something I never dreamed of.
Status is sexy be it positive or negative. Knowing is what gives you confidence and confidence is always sexy.