If I had been asked this question in the year 2000, I would have said the Grim Reaper. Since I am being asked this question now, I’d have to say I’d be a ghost. The reason for this difference is because my attitude towards my sickness...more
Living with HIV takes you through many different emotions, phases and experiences. What Halloween costume would you wear to represent your journey with HIV?
Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, besides my birthday. I feel like it is one of the only days a year that I can truly be myself and express myself through my appearance without any form of judgment. I get dressed up every year...more
The Halloween costume I would use to represent my HIV/AIDS journey would be the costume of the walking dead--ostracized by society, liability to the insurance industry, and the face of indifference of the health care system.
Today, I, Elizabeth Fernandez, feel I am more powerful than a 220 high voltage line, shinning, bright, lighting up the world with joy and a smile and hoping I can bring sunshine to your day and mine. I know sometimes we forget and start...more
I see myself as a good witch. I see myself reflecting good things. A good witch who can empower people with HIV to have good thoughts and feelings and to believe in themselves. I’d be a nice, beautiful witch.
My masquerading parades are over. I am going to enter the ball as myself. It took me years to find myself. I am enjoying myself. Showing everyone who I really am tickles my fancy. Recently, people didn't recognize who I am. So why...more
Living with HIV takes me through many different emotions, phases and experiences. A Halloween costume I would wear to represent my journey living with HIV, according to my peers, would be a butterfly, because I spread my wings and fly...more
I would wear the Lion from The Wizard of Oz, because after all is said and done, he finds his courage to continue living. You see, in life you need to be strong, have courage and believe in yourself—especially living with HIV. You have...more
My costume of choice would have to be a Roman gladiator. My trials have taken me from poor, to fair, to strong, ultimately leaving me feeling invincible. Every battle has made me stronger. I now allow my suit of armor to show my...more
I think the depiction of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) that is missing in the media is how normal we are. Is that boring? I think the drama of diagnosis, survival, guilt, shame and/or death is part of the challenge in fighting HIV...more
In my opinion, I feel the media is lacking the reality of disclosure in everyday life with HIV. I feel that there is no comfortable place, time or way to disclose one’s HIV status to a potential partner or family member. With that...more
I find quite a few HIV positive characters on TV, but none are quite like me. I would write myself into a show like "Modern Family" or "Lincoln Heights." I would write my story just as it is: a young man not engulfed by his HIV status,...more
When it comes to HIV positive people and characters in media, I feel like we are depicted as victims or offenders. I would to change this. One of my favorite TV shows of all time is "Noah's Arc." My character on "Noah's Arc" would be...more
I think a realistic glimpse of what living with HIV is like today would be useful. It certainly wouldn't be a very major plot point for the character. The show should portray someone who is healthy, happy, and sexy--viewers should...more
If I had to write myself into a scripted TV show, I would write myself into ABC Family’s "The Fosters." This show is about a lesbian couple that fosters different children and shows how they all have different stories that bring them...more
The movie that portrays issues of HIV/AIDS and the MSM community is Tyler Perry’s "For Colored Girls." The magazine tycoon Jo, played by Janet Jackson, confronts Carl on his homosexuality, which he angrily denies at first. However, Jo...more
"You cannot see anything that you do not first contemplate as a reality." —Ramtha
Of course, I see myself as the ole skool star that is cast on "Empire" as an act that Cookie Lyon is staging a comeback for. The big plot twist is...more
The recent season finale episode of the TV show, "How to Get Away With Murder," featured a character receiving news that he was HIV positive. There were numerous social media posts responding to this character’s diagnosis, claiming...more