This Black Woman’s HIV Story Is a Warning for Everyone

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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. This day was created as an annual observance to promote HIV testing. The theme is “Doing It.” What does that mean?

It means that this is a particularly important time for you to get involved and get tested because doing it could save your life.


Want to know how you can get involved in National HIV Testing Day? There are events all over the United States, support on social media, participating testing facilities and even a community of people sharing their stories.

One of those people is Michelle. She was diagnosed as HIV positive more than 20 years ago after being infected by her son's father, someone she loved and trusted. Her story could be your story. Thanks to Amida Care, a not-for-profit health care organization in New York City that Michelle joined, we were able to connect with her and share her powerful story. Amida Care works with its members to surround them with a community of committed social workers, health navigators, behavioral-health specialists and a designated medical home to support them as they thrive with their HIV-positive status.

Here's Michelle's story.

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