In the fall of 2010, Masonia Traylor’s life changed overnight. Then 23, she was living with her new boyfriend in Atlanta and working as a pharmacy technician at a nearby drugstore. She took good care of herself, always went for an annual checkup, and ever since she graduated from high school, she had made it a practice to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Every year, her tests would come back negative. Until one didn’t.
Friday, March 10, Positive Women’s Network USA teamed up with partners at HIVE, SisterSong, Desiree Alliance, The Well Project, Prevention Access Campaign, Arianna’s Center & Positively Trans to continue our National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD) convo on the theme of #BodilyAutonomy. Check it out!
Inspired by a symposium we hosted earlier this year called “Beyond Compassion: Caring for Women with a History of Trauma,” and driven to spread lessons learned through love and art, we created this manifesto for you.
Angela McGill is a woman living with HIV. She tells her story of discovering she had HIV and going on to have an HIV-free baby with the help of BAPAC (Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center), now known as HIVE. Dr. Deb Cohan explains how it’s possible for women living with HIV to have natural births and not pass HIV on to their babies.
Women living with HIV share their experiences. Providers at BAPAC (now HIVE) talk about women living with HIV having healthy babies.
“I had a fear of being alone…The stigma was huge. I had more internal stigma than external stigma…I stayed out of relationships because I didn’t want to disclose.”