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Patrick Ingram

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Three Years of Knowing My Positive HIV Status

Patrick Ingram

This December 1st, it will be three years since I learned about my positive HIV status. Since then, the journey hasn’t always been easy. I have experienced successes and challenges—but I am always learning. During my days of being newly diagnosed, dealing with mental illness, contemplating suicide, and, letting others stand in the way of my…

Black Voices: “Wait a minute did I take my meds?”

Patrick Ingram

“Wait a minute did I take my meds?” This is a question I often ask even if my pill box, mobile application, or friend says I have. Anxiety, nervousness, fear, and due diligence keep me on track to continue to the best of my ability to take my medications faithfully. For me the process of…

Black Voices: Having (and using) my voice to address stigma

Patrick Ingram

My name is Patrick, I am a gay man of color, and I currently reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I was diagnosed with HIV at a health department in Virginia on December 1, 2011, which happened to be World AIDS Day. Turning my life into my life’s mission From the moment I tested positive, I have…