"The 'gift' in it for me at that time was that it blew the closet door off my closet and then I realized I never did want it there."
"I thought I was going to end up being an accountant or a teacher or something but I get to be a musician, which I guess I should have been a musician long time ago."
" I get it from my mom that the magic to life is helping people - it lightens your load makes you feel good about who you are as an individual."
"Prepare, be wise, listen to the people that have come before you because they are knowledge keepers."
"I am proud of myself the things I have accomplished (as a nurse), taking care of people that I have met."
"I love to be with women especially those that are a newly diagnosed. I want to be supportive and help them in any way I can."
"At that moment in my life it was very, very difficult but I have learned that I am able to give back, and it's like I have been given a second chance."
"There was a great movement in the past where those long-term survivors who are here today really were strong activists in the community ."
"HIV seems to be affecting many people directly or indirectly nowadays, and it’s not something for them to be ashamed of."
"HIV has shown how you can have a patient-centred healthcare system that works and listens."