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  • I wasn't told I was HIV + until I was in the 6th grade. It was kind of scary, but at the same time, confusing. At that time I had no idea what HIV was, or how it would affect my life, but it did explain why I took so many pills and got sick a lot.

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  • Like many firstly infected with this virus, I had lots of the side effects from the medications. After a year with HIV, I had PCP and ended up in the hospital with shingles as well. During my stay, I found out that I had internal Karposi Sarcoma (cancer) and I thought I was not going to make it. I was very afraid.

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  • We moved to Belize in 1991, my husband was from there and in 1996 we opened our restaurant – it was quite a success. We were married for 18 years in what I thought was a monogamous marriage, until 2001 when my he turned fifty and left me for a young Honduran girl.

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  • Today, part of my ministry is providing spiritual care for those that are very sick and/or dying from the disease. I have had my own shame to heal and am committed to supporting everyone in healing from any shame they carry, whatever the reason.

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  • When I got the news that my HIV test was confirmed positive, I thought I was receiving my death sentence. I now know, that was actually the moment I was blessed with a new life. I grew up sheltered, in the small farming and military town of Yuma, AZ. When the AIDS epidemic first surfaced in the early 80’s, the terror of the disease was my biggest fear.

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  • I believed that I was worthless and that everyone would judge me. This hiding left me living a life of shame and unhappiness. Today I am taking a stand in my life and more importantly, with anyone that lives with HIV, to end the stigma in our communities.

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  • Its central tenet is to advocate, educate, secure funding and support for cure research. Timothy is hopeful that medical advances will allow others suffering from the virus that causes AIDS to be cured, too.

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  • Coupled with my disease, I am an addict coming up on a year clean. This has been the greatest battle I have had to fight. I have witnessed countless people lose their lives because they simply won't accept the abundance waiting for them on the other side of the recovery bridge.

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  • Raven was born HIV positive, and Michelle learned of both their diagnoses when she was severely beaten by her crack using boyfriend one night. She finally decided to leave that horrible life she was living.

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  • At that time we didn’t have much knowledge about HIV and AIDS, and especially how to take care of those in the advanced stages of the illness. There was a lot of fear about contracting the virus, but worst of all was the ignorance and the stigma that came with it.

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  • Overcoming adversity in Smalltown, USA continues to be challenging. Breaking stereotypes, facing adversaries, and changing policy took years. I knew I was meant to make a difference in the world with my voice.

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  • To be poz and trans is not an easy thing when the world teaches you that it's not acceptable to fit into the rigid gender binary system and that being poz always due to "bad behavior."

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  • I subconsciously, but purposely, avoided taking an HIV test because I wanted to live the illusion that my IV meth use, and the activity that goes along with that lifestyle, would have no consequences on my health. And HIV was the unspoken elephant in the room amongst modern gay guys.

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Our Vision: To create positive change for individuals, families and communities through an army of compassionate individuals and organizations as we march towards the cure for HIV/AIDS.

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