I am 28. White. A Female. And a former Peace Corps Volunteer. I am HIV Positive. This is my story of how a few months, a few people, and a few events in Zambia changed me and my life forever. This is the story of how I contracted HIV and brought my Peace Corps Journey to a crashing halt... and how I am working now to pick up and put back together the pieces of my life as a newly diagnosed person living with HIV. This was not the journey I had originally planned... my path has traumatically and dramatically changed... but it is the one I am on now. There is no going back. There is only forward. I welcome you to follow along with me as I attempt to explore this new life ahead of me, whether you are someone from the Peace Corps community, or someone living with HIV. I welcome your comments, questions, suggestions, and opinions. Let us go forward together. To start from the beginning, click here He Gave Me More Than A Bracelet.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Few Articles and Links

Many people send me links to articles or various websites. I don’t want them to think that I ignore them. I do usually read or check them all out, but it seems that I get busy and forget to post them or pass them along. So, I decided maybe I’ll just post a few of them here, all at once, in case anyone is interested:

A woman’s account of her feelings during and after rape in a foreign country.

A man’s day by day account of his feelings after testing HIV+.

A college student at UCF tells her story of being HIV+.

Words from the partner of a HIV+ man.

An article about stigmatizing HIV+ students in Tanzania.

A website with worldwide news and articles about HIV.

A mother’s story of finding out her children’s and then her own HIV+ status.


  1. I just want to say that reading your blog has definitively changed my outlook on HIV/AIDS, stigma, life really. I am really amazed at your outlook in life and impressed. A few weeks back, you posted that poll about would you date someone with HIV and I posted that I'm in a serious relationship, so no. The relationship part hasn't changed but my view on it absolutely has. I would date someone with HIV and be proud and happy about it. I can't really explain exactly how my view was changed, but I think I just recognized that HIV has a huge stigma and in a way, I believed it. Thanks to your blog, and educating myself via your writing and links, I don't. I appreciate it very much. Thank you for being open, honest.

  2. Also good: http://imstilljosh.com/ (you should read his latest blog...your blood will boil)