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Scarred by Stigma - Victoria

Scarred by Stigma - Victoria

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Victoria, 30 | Jackson, Miss. Victoria was abandoned by both parents at a young age and grew up in foster care. When she discovered she had HIV, she convinced herself it was a punishment she deserved for time spent doing drugs. She's been sober since 2008 but has not told family members she is HIV-positive. 'They'd bury me before my time,' she says. 'People here don't want to hear about HIV/AIDS. The stigma is so bad, people feel like, 'If I touch you, I'm gonna get this.' Or 'If I'm gonna eat after you, I'm gonna get this.' And I feel like the government needs to step up and help us more than they are.' Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5
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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.