CDC’s HIV Treatment Works: Jamie’s Story


[ Music ]>>I would say to HIV
you have no power here. This is my body. This is my life. And I’m in control,
and if it’s you or me I guarantee
you I will win. January 28, 2015 was
when I got diagnosed. I moved to Atlanta
a month earlier. I came down here employed
and I ran into some issues, poor decision-making
with a guy I was dating. And shortly after that
I ended up homeless. And a few weeks later I
found out I was positive. Probably about three or four
months after finding out, I dealt with, and I’m still
dealing with housing issues, and trying to get like some
stability under my belt. At this time I wasn’t
working, not really focused. You know and when
you’re living that life, you aren’t really thinking
about a doctors appointment. You’re trying to you
know keep money flowing, so that was my focus
and my goal. The fears that come
behind the diagnosis of HIV really are
more emotional, and more the social
dynamics of expressing love, and being loved, and understood,
and not stigmatized too heavily. It’s already difficult when you
look at that intersectionalities of being African-American,
trans, and with the trans identity
you know female identity comes in to play. And then to also
be HIV-positive. It’s very tough to even imagine that someone can look past
all that, and still see you as beautiful, and
lovable, and desirable. It was so important for me
to learn to enjoy myself. Enjoy my friends, and
also to let myself move into dating, being open again. Being honest when working with your medical
provider is paramount. There needs to be a relationship
where going both ways. The patient and the provider
can trust each other, and really work together to
create the best plan of action for fighting this thing. But there are consequences
behind everything you do, and everything you don’t do. And if you choose not
to take your medication, or stay in treatment
you put yourself at risk of so many other things. And you really put
your life in jeopardy. I just hope that with
the new diagnosis that each transwoman understands
that you’re still beautiful, and that you still are amazing. HIV treatment works. Get in care, stay
in care, live well.