Paige Rawl

Patient Leader

Growing up born HIV positive, I never thought anything of taking the medicines or going to the doctor. When I told my best friend my status, I saw the stigma towards those living with HIV. There was a nickname PAIDS I was referred as, I was told to deny my HIV status, and my soccer coach told my mom we could use my status and players would be afraid, so I could score goals. I left my middle school and didn't want to see another person go through what I did. I began sharing my story and telling others that HIV does not define me as a person. Eventually, I wrote my memoir "POSITIVE" to share my story further and now travel the world educating others on HIV and advocating against bullying.

Location

Indianapolis, IN

Past Awards Participation

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero

Winner

Best In Show: Instagram
Paige Rawl

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