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6/8/12 3:27 A

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Yes, unfortunately you are right - there is still way too much stigma, even in urban areas (geez - I can't imagine rural areas). I even have to admit that when I found this team and considered joining, I had a (very short) twinge of "what will people think when they see I am on this team?" And then I quickly realized that that is exactly the reason why I NEEDed to join this team. Because I really really believe that it shouldn't matter.... even though it still does. And if I'm gonna talk the talk.....

Anyway, thank you both for the welcomes!

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6/7/12 10:21 P

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Hi, Kelly, and welcome to the team and sharing your journey. My favorite line is:

"In the end, we are all here to do the same thing - to live the best life we can!"

So very true.

Unfortunately, the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS is still in the dark ages in a lot of places; especially, in more rural areas of the country.

We have a great group of people on this team and very happy to have you with us.

Kelly

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6/7/12 7:48 P

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Hi and welcome to the team!

"Dance as if no one is watching."


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6/7/12 6:54 P

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I'm here as a supporter and friend. I've been an HIV/AIDS activist since I was a teenager, first volunteering for The NAMES Project back in the early nineties, followed by volunteering at ActionAIDS in Philly, and my most recent volunteer work with Infinite Family (online video mentoring for kids orphaned in South Africa).

I guess I started all this when my mom explained to me as a kid in the 80's the stigma and fear associated with HIV+ people. I kind of couldn't understand that as a kid (why would you have to be ashamed to have an illness?)... I guess I still don't understand it as an adult. I'm glad these stigmas are slowly fading.... though not fast enough!

It's amazing, though, when you set out to help someone else, how they end up helping you more. The friends I've made, the clients I've worked with and the kids I've mentored have absolutely shown me the meaning of resilience, dedication, and making the best out of life. In the end, we are all here to do the same thing - to live the best life we can!

I'm honored to be here and to add my name to the number of supporters on this page. Nice to meet you all!

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