1/23/2018 0 Comments
HIV/AIDS is not an easy topic to discuss. Why is that? Why is it so easy to discuss the cold virus or flu virus, but not the human immunodeficiency virus?
Countless numbers of individuals have suffered and passed away because of nothing more than the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. The same stigma has delayed the cure in more ways than one.
This week Dr. Allison Mathews stops by to share how she got involved in HIV/AIDS research and is now leading the way in her community to link affected individuals and community resources by way of technology. She also reveals how stigma, discrimination and systematic oppression are not only preventing the cure, but complicit in the propagation of the virus.
I'll let Dr. Mathews take it from here.
12/21/2017 0 Comments
In interviewing Kimberly Knight, Creator and Editor of The Lux Blog and HIV cure advocate, I kept coming back to the Mr. Rodgers quote about looking for the helpers. She is always in the community helping when so many others turn a blind eye. However, the opportunity to interview her and put her story in writing, brought to mind another gem.
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” Mr. Rodgers
Kimberly’s story is one of unconditional love and bravery. Kimberly is a hero she didn’t even see coming. An unlikely turn of events in her life completely changed who she is and what she has chosen to spend the rest of her life doing.
Perhaps a better way to state that would be unlikely bravery. The bravery to forgive. The bravery to share her vulnerable story to help others. The bravery to get tested for HIV well over 40 times. The bravery of dedicating her life to ending the stigma surrounding HIV and finding a cure for the disease itself. Kimberly Knight is many things, especially brave.
In a moment when she could have chosen a lifetime of anger and hurt, she chose forgiveness. She chose love. A decision she’s still surprised she made. She tells it best.