Slay the stigma and transform your day with these inspirational HIV quotes

By: Jennifer McMillen Smith, MSSA, LISW-S, Division of Infectious Disease and medically reviewed by Ann Avery, Infectious Disease Physician at Metrohealth Medical Center

It’s time to step into the badass you are and get better at encouraging yourself when you need it most.🎉 Because here at Positive Peers, we all know how awesome you are, but it’s time you start believing it, too.👊🏾

Unfortunately, we also know there’s a stigma attached to living with HIV. And it’s time to slay that stigma. Give it a good eviction notice right out the door! BUH-BYEEE! 💁🏿‍♂️👋🏿

If you’re living with HIV, we are here to tell you (for the millionth time) that you have plenty of reasons to celebrate actually living these days! And you know what the greatest reason of all is? The mere fact that you are alive! 😌

While there is still a long way to go to ensure the health inequalities are still being addressed, we all continue to fight for health equity – regardless of your address, race, sex, sexuality, or any other ridiculous barrier to reach an undetectable viral load.

Anyone else feeling inspired and ready to change the world with us?! 😬 If not, that’s totally ok! There’s a lot of sad and hard things going on in the world right now, so hopefully, these inspirational HIV quotes will help transform your mindset when you need it. Good ole inspirational quotes can sometimes do the trick. Here are a few of our favorites from people who understand and advocate for chronic health conditions.

Time to get inspired, y’all! 🌟🌈

  1. “HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug; Heaven knows they need it.” – Princess Diana
  2. “My having HIV has no bearing on my business.” – Magic Johnson
  3. “U=U is interrupting HIV stigma in our lives.” – Josh Robbins
  4. “The AIDS virus is NOT more powerful than God.” – Marianne Williamson
  5. “One of the best ways to fight stigma and empower HIV-positive people is by speaking out openly and honestly about who we are and what we experience.” – Alex Garner
  6. “It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abe Lincoln
  7. “I’m not cured, but the HIV is asleep deep in my body.” -Magic Johnson
  8. “This journey of education and breaking stigma around HIV is something that will have a legacy everlasting.” – Gareth Thomas
  9. “AIDS can destroy a family if you let it. But luckily for my sister and me, mom taught us to keep going. Don’t give up. Be proud of who you are and never feel sorry for yourself.” – Ryan White
  10. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Unknown

Go ahead and bookmark this blog so you can come back to it any time you need a good ole inspirational pick-me-up! 🙌🏾 Here’s to 2021, y’all!❤️






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