January

Submitted by: Richard

I believe that images of gay, HIV positive people of color in the media help us to address the needs of this community. Many people find that it is easier to relate to people who are like themselves. I think that seeing images of gay, HIV positive people of color in the media can help a lot of people decide to get treatment and follow their HIV treatment regimens. We all know that education is one of the keys to prevention and people need to know their HIV status. I do not think that these...

Positive Talk

December
Submitted by: Richard

“Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation” means a lot to me in different ways. There are many things HIV-negative people can do to help in the fight and to help prevent the spread of HIV. The main thing they can do is to educate themselves about the different...

November
Submitted by: Richard

I am very comfortable talking about my status and HIV in general. My family, wife and kids are a huge part of my support network. In fact my family is very open about the fact that I have AIDS. My current status has already been a topic over Thanksgiving dinner. My brothers like to stay informed...

October
Submitted by: Richard

I found out my status in a Florida prison, and it is tough on the inside for HIV infected people. There really are no secrets and the medication itself lets people know also. I feel that this is a step in the right direction to end discrimination in prisons but at the same time, it could very...

October
Submitted by: Tinera

Generally speaking, people will be at risk whether incarcerated or not, simply because you have certain individuals whose mentality is "WELL SOMEONE GAVE IT TO ME, SO IM GOING TO INFECT AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE" that is why it is so important to practice safe sex, or if incarcerated abstain...

September
Submitted by: Tinera

I worked as a hairstylist in a "Christian salon" and was forced to tell my supervisor my status in order to get time off for the last photo shoot in 2012. When I returned to work the following week, my supervisor held a meeting to inform other employees of my status, saying "they should know...

September
Submitted by: Richard

When I was released from prison in 2009 in Florida, I went back to the old community that I had stayed in for a long period of time, and I knew a lot of people and had a lot of friends in this town. When I reentered the community I was honest with everyone about my status and I no longer had as...

September
Submitted by: Lois

I have been forced into the spotlight a few times because of my HIV status. I remember the worse time was when I was in jail. Another inmate yelled out at me because she was mad and said, "B*$%*# you have HIV!" I was really caught off guard and at first I was ready to fight because everybody...

August
Submitted by: Richard

My advice would always be to be honest from the start. Tell your partner the truth about your status. Two HIV positive people in a relationship have a lot of good points and can be great medicine for them both. Share each other’s treatment plans and medications, be supportive of each other. Be...

August
Submitted by: Lois

Striking down DOMA is a great step in the right direction for this nation. It's only right for all people, no matter who they love, to be able to spend their lives together and share the benefits that come with it. Relationships are relationships; you can't help who you love. The defeat of DOMA...

July
Submitted by: Richard

I am one of the lucky ones that were not affected by DOMA. My wife and I are both disabled and together. We are still below the required income level, so I still get my SSI and Medicare, which pays for my doctor’s visits, and medications that I take daily. The striking of DOMA had no effect on...

June
Submitted by: Richard

As a happily married man living with HIV I still protect myself and my wife by using condoms. I only have one partner- my wife, and this protects us both from the spread of any infectious disease. I also am very careful not to use public restrooms because of the latest outbreak of untreatable...

May
Submitted by: Richard

PrEP is a prevention method for those at high risk to reduce the chance of contracting the HIV virus. This prevention method is where the high risk individual takes medications that are used to treat HIV and this prevents the spread of the virus. It has been found by the CDC to highly reduce the...

May
Submitted by: Tinera

For me personally, being married to a man who does not have HIV, PrEP is a great idea if the person you are involved with sexually is willing to commit to taking a medication daily. However I think being in a monogamous relationship and being safe by using condoms is a viable option.

May
Submitted by: Lois

I care most about protecting my family and friends from HIV. For me, if there were ever an incident that occurred where I could accidentally infect someone that I loved and they could use PrEP, I'm happy to know that it is available to save them from HIV. I want them to be able to use PrEP to...

April
Submitted by: Tinera

Self-respect is very important whether you are HIV positive or negative. The definition of self-respect is: due respect for oneself, one's character, and one's conduct, and for the dignity of one's character. Believing that you are good and worthy of being treated well. Being proud of who you...

March
Submitted by: Lois

My relationships with my doctors are everything. There are some things I feel that I can only talk to my doctors about, so I have to trust them. I tell them everything including the pain I feel in my body, weakness that I am having, and any issues that I am having with my medication. They know...

March
Submitted by: Richard

I trust my doctor and ask him all kinds of questions that confirm if what I am doing works or not. I go to the gym daily with my wife and work my body’s core to strengthen it to better fight AIDS. I am able to see the things I do work which gives me the determination to keep on doing them. My...

March
Submitted by: Tinera

My relationship with my doctor is so important to my adherence. With my doctor’s knowledge, skills, and today's advanced technology in medication I’m able to properly follow my regimen and prevent resistance. Resistance to medication is very serious and ultimately prevents the medication from...

February
Submitted by: Tinera

In my experience I find it helpful when I set my cell phone alarm, maybe the same could work for you.

February
Submitted by: Richard

My advice is to pick a certain daily routine and take your meds then. So for example I take my meds at bedtime, it’s hard to forget to go to bed. I have a friend that takes his after dinner every night. But remember, what works for one might not work for everyone.

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