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.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

National HIV Testing Day- Tomorrow, June 27th!

June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. I am urging you, daring you, and pleading with you all to go get tested. No matter who you are, how old you are, what kind of relationships you have or have not had, what risks you have or have not taken, you should get tested. HIV does not discriminate. HIV can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time- no matter your age, race, sexuality, profession, intelligence, etc. If you have had sexual contact of any kind with another human being, you should get tested. Do not live in fear or ignorance. Take a stand for yourself and your life. 

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  1. Your blog is gripping. Your activism and openness so commendable. I'm HIV+ and open, fighting against stigma whenever and wherever I can. Keep up the good work. Oh, I'm also a returned PCV!!! Barbara Szelag

    P.S. You mentioned in one of your posts a book about an HIV+ women negotiating dating with a negative man. A novel, I think. Do you remember the title?

    1. Yes, I was reading it and giving some feedback to the author. The book is not published yet. But, the author's name is Anne Conley. I will definitely post more info about the book once she lets me know that it is published.

  2. Thanks a lot for your blog. It's really informative.

    There seems to be a lot of confusion about how soon a traditional HIV (Eliza) test can detect an infection after the corresponding exposure. Some people say 4 weeks, others 6 weeks, and others 12 weeks. How long it took in your case?

  3. Hope you're doing great Jessica.

    We miss your posts!


    1 month ago i got sex vagina with woman that i dont know her status, stupied thing that i did is execute her without condom, and since a week i allways feel tired and sometimes got fever.

    im worry about my self and want to do a test but hiv home test i think, i found this site www.hivtestusa.com that provide hiv home test kits.

    can someone give me advice about those products before i decide to use it

  5. It would be rather clear that any person suffering from the major signs of AIDS should be under the watchful care of a doctor. While there is no cure for AIDS, years of study of the disease has led the medical community to determining the proper way to care for someone with the condition.

    Seeking the help of a qualified doctor is certainly a must for those suffering from the serious effects of this disease.