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Meet Ryan

September 20th, 2021

My name is Ryan. I was born and raised in rural Kentucky and like many of the LGBTQI community when I turned 18 I came out and moved to the big cities. I finally decided after 18 years to move home to reconnect with my family. I wasn’t aware that Kentucky like most of the south is a hot spot for HIV. On 11.20.2020 my biggest fear became my new reality when I was diagnosed as HIV+. I have struggled with my own internal stigma. I went through a lot of emotions and cried a lot. I was amazed at how people react to me being HIV+ here in Kentucky and decided I didn’t want anyone else to have to face that alone. That’s when I decided that I will fight to end the stigma and to educate others to do my part to end the HIV epidemic.  

 

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