“Why I became an HIV Activist”

10 Jun “Why I became an HIV Activist”


As a writer, it’s easy to get lost behind the words, the computer screen, or the social media profiles connecting with people only through the World Wide Web. While this is truly a comfortable place to be, I found that more people wanted to connect with me personally- beyond a brief encounter at a book signing. My inboxes overtime presented various questions followed by invitations to speak at events, join panels, or mentor  teens. My audience was now captive and I suppose that was always part of the plan. Yet I needed to give them more than words of encouragement, guidance, or a listening ear. At that time, I didn’t think I could have offered more along that line anyway because you see I’m far from an expert on relationships, parenting, or life. I simply speak to the heart of situations based on my own sometimes tumultuous life experiences.  The restlessness of needing to give my audience more had become a thorn in my side.  I have learned that when you are charged with a task greater than yourself, there is no peace until you answer the call; thus the beginning of my HIV/AIDS activism. I am able to share with WOMEN who have enjoyed reading and listening to me information about a disease that affects them greatly. I am able to engage WOMEN in a discussion that is rarely had due to stigma, shame, and lack of education. I am able to get WOMEN to reconsider the behaviors they partake, spend some to time to self reflect, and ultimately unload the baggage- with the end goal of no new infections.


  • Acquanda, CLE n June (@LactationJrny)
    Posted at 19:02h, 10 June Reply

    Awesome post, Skyy. I’m so inspired by all of the work you do!

  • Tez Washington
    Posted at 20:28h, 12 March Reply

    Sky, this is very selfless of you. I am positive God is smiling from your labor. Making a positive impact on the lives of others is one of the most rewarding things you can do.

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