Carlos, Los Angeles, CA

Today marks 10 years since I began a new journey in life. Throughout the past ten years of Living with HIV, I have accomplished more than I could have ever imagined after being given the diagnosis. I want to honor my 19 year old self who searched desperately for other folks to connect with.

To commemorate this milestone in my life, I would like to help share as many stories of QTPOC/Womxn of Color’s journeys of living with HIV.

Starting on World AIDS Day, December 01, 2019, I will replace my daily @takemymeds posts with as many of your photos and stories as possible, in an effort to create more Poz visibility in a digital space and make sure our stories are preserved and other folks can find each other.

So many of you have shared parts of your stories with me both publicly and privately.

If you are able, please message me (@takemymeds on IG) a photo and caption of your journey and I will post and tag you.

Not everyone is able to be out about their status, so anonymous submissions will be greatly honored as well, your stories deserved to be shared.

I would like to thank Atripla, Stribild, and Genvoya, as well as all of my physicians and community healers for keeping my spirits alive and thriving.

Here’s to another 10 years!

Carlos, He/Him/His

Los Angeles, CA

Gran Varones Fellow


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