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We Are Family: Meet the Families 1.0

Masonia: You look the exact same. When you get a diagnosis like HIV you tell yourself internally that I’m not valuable anymore.

Crystal: I wanted her to know that she could talk to me and I would not judge her.

William: We have to get over the stigmas that we place on it. We have to stop looking at morality and start looking at spirituality.

Necaela: I told my sister that I was HIV positive, it was very scary, but I felt like that l could trust her.

Abraham: When I was newly diagnosed and really trying to navigate HIV, I really didn’t talk a lot about it. When I wanted to just talk about it. My mom was always a listening ear.

Abraham’s Mom: Hello?

Abraham: Hey Mama.

Karen: Well, being a mama, my first thing is telling him, “Duston, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to okay.”

Duston: My mom is a huge part of the reason why I want to stay healthy.

Cynthia: When I was diagnosed, my kids were very young.

Marcus: I remember her coming in the bedroom and sitting me down and saying. Never let no one tell you that you never amount to nothing.

Abraham: We taught each other. There were times that she would ask me, “Did you take your medications today?”

Karen: My biggest thing is his medicines. He’s got to stay healthy.

William: You have to find somebody to take care of your spirit, you have to have a strong support system.

Abraham: When I talk to people who don’t have that support, it saddens me because I know how vital that was for me. Love you!

Crystal: Cheers. We are family. And that’s what I think is most important – us helping each other.

Karen: He’s my kid, I love him with all my heart.

Marcus: Bless our souls, bless our families. Amen.

Cynthia: Let’s eat!

Watch these inspiring stories of real families as they show what is possible with love, support and ongoing care for people living with HIV.