How has your race/ethnicity informed your experience with living with HIV?

Liza's Answer

Being a Latina woman it was very hard in the beginning exposing my status to other people in the Latina community.  I was taught as a child that we (Latina women) don’t talk about our problems with others. It was taught to me that private matters should always stay private. It is only recently within the last three years that I have become very public with my HIV status because I want to be able to let other Latinas know that we are not dying from this disease, we are living long, productive lives and that with treatment anything is possible. I want to send the message that with treatment and proper care of our health we are able to live for a long time.


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