A Girl Like Me (AGLM) is a program of The Well Project and is an online “blog” where women of all ages can share their stories and promote understanding of HIV through online storytelling. There are millions of women around the globe who are living with HIV and AIDS, yet many feel they are alone in their disease and isolated in the experiences they go through each day. The goals of AGLM are to help normalize HIV and AIDS in women and girls, and create a safe space for women living with HIV from around the world to speak out and share their experience of what it is to live life with HIV.

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How Can I Not Speak?

What more can I say? When I step into the room, I hear the whispers. I hope she is not going to talk about HIV/AIDS or ask me if I’ve been tested! I just ignore them and know in my heart… they have no idea that one day…one day they are going...

05.10.2016: The day I...

05.10.2016: The day I drugged myself to sleep
Last night was my 6th day into my treatment and I must say, so far so good. I tried to outsmart my medication last night and took it a few minutes before jumping into bed. I’m not really sure what I was hoping would happen but I missed being drowsy last night, and woke up feeling very drowsy and tipsy and...

05.10.2016: The day I...

05.10.2016: The day I drugged myself to sleep
Last night was my 6th day into my treatment and I must say, so far so good. I tried to outsmart my medication last night and took it a few minutes before jumping into bed. I’m not really sure what I was hoping would happen but I missed being drowsy last night, and woke up feeling very drowsy and tipsy and...

Intro - Janelle Luster

Hey everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR… I’m Janelle Luster born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, 24 years old, I was diagnosed in March of 2012. At the time that I was diagnosed my house caught fire (my closet at that) and I didn’t have a regular job, no money saved....

Look At Me

Being an activist I know is one way to really stir things up and get things done. I was so happy when I was surrounded by my many sisters at The Summit in Fort Walton Beach this year. I felt unstoppable! When I arrived home I was excited to get to work....

2016 - It's a Wrap

Today marks 33 years since the discovery of the HIV virus... and this same virus has been reigning for decades. As we commemorate this day by remembering fallen heroes we ought to acknowledge the scientific measures in place that ensure we have long lives ahead of us.

2016 was a bit of...

Sex and HIV

You see that I am not writing often. But I know that when I do, it is because I feel the need to share something I think is important. To live with HIV is to live differently. Although many believe that one can lead a "normal" life being in treatment.

The truth...

Re-evaluating Life!

You know so many of us just go day to day, dealing with things that come our way without much thought into the future except lab appointments, Dr. visits, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers or other holiday celebrations. But how many of us really sit down once in a while and give...

Eradicate Stigma for All

I don't have a private life anymore!!! The day I got my HIV diagnosis, I knew the private life I was used to maintaining would be difficult and darn near impossible to maintain. I decided to tell my truth so that others would not have to know my pain. Every time I...

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How Can I Not Speak?

What more can I say? When I step into the room, I hear the whispers. I hope she is not going to talk about HIV/AIDS or ask me if I’ve been tested! I just ignore them and know in my heart… they have no idea that one day…one day they are going...

05.10.2016: The day I...

05.10.2016: The day I drugged myself to sleep
Last night was my 6th day into my treatment and I must say, so far so good. I tried to outsmart my medication last night and took it a few minutes before jumping into bed. I’m not really sure what I was hoping would happen but I missed being drowsy last night, and woke up feeling very drowsy and tipsy and...

05.10.2016: The day I...

05.10.2016: The day I drugged myself to sleep
Last night was my 6th day into my treatment and I must say, so far so good. I tried to outsmart my medication last night and took it a few minutes before jumping into bed. I’m not really sure what I was hoping would happen but I missed being drowsy last night, and woke up feeling very drowsy and tipsy and...

Intro - Janelle Luster

Hey everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR… I’m Janelle Luster born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, 24 years old, I was diagnosed in March of 2012. At the time that I was diagnosed my house caught fire (my closet at that) and I didn’t have a regular job, no money saved....

Look At Me

Being an activist I know is one way to really stir things up and get things done. I was so happy when I was surrounded by my many sisters at The Summit in Fort Walton Beach this year. I felt unstoppable! When I arrived home I was excited to get to work....

2016 - It's a Wrap

Today marks 33 years since the discovery of the HIV virus... and this same virus has been reigning for decades. As we commemorate this day by remembering fallen heroes we ought to acknowledge the scientific measures in place that ensure we have long lives ahead of us.

2016 was a bit of...

Sex and HIV

You see that I am not writing often. But I know that when I do, it is because I feel the need to share something I think is important. To live with HIV is to live differently. Although many believe that one can lead a "normal" life being in treatment.

The truth...

Re-evaluating Life!

You know so many of us just go day to day, dealing with things that come our way without much thought into the future except lab appointments, Dr. visits, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers or other holiday celebrations. But how many of us really sit down once in a while and give...

Eradicate Stigma for All

I don't have a private life anymore!!! The day I got my HIV diagnosis, I knew the private life I was used to maintaining would be difficult and darn near impossible to maintain. I decided to tell my truth so that others would not have to know my pain. Every time I...

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