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Motherhood and HIV - Janine Brignola and Chelsea Gulden

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Robert and Aaron will be speaking with 2 amazing Mothers this evening.

 Janine Brignola is a mother, college student, public speaker, HIV activist and advocate, and she is herself positive. Janine has spent the last four plus years since she was diagnosed learning what she could about HIV itself, the stigma attached the disease. Janine enjoys to spend as much time possible just being mommy to her four year old son and she believes that it is her privilege and honor to be his mother and to be the activist she has became.

Later we will be joined by Chelsea Gulden White. Chelsea was diagnosed HIV positive at 21 years old between her junior and senior year In college. She was also told she was 10 weeks pregnant. HIV catapulted Chelsea into a career working with other HIV positive adolescents. She developed and implemented the first and only HIV program for youth ages 12-24. The program has yielded excellent results serving 81 youth in 2013 with 35.8% achieving am undetectable viral load when the national average for everyone in care is only 25%. Chelsea has since completed her Master's in Social Work, gotten married, & had two more children. Chelsea is very proud of her accomplishments but her 3 beautiful HIV negative boys bring her the most pride and joy.