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

Nominations

Patient Leader Hero

Winner

Best In Show: Instagram

As someone who has been bullied before, I understand that it's a lot to go through for many individuals. Having read Paige's memoir and meeting her at my high school, I can tell she is genuine in helping others and has inspired me to put more effort into helping others as well, she is very kind and a strong person overall, she has my support!  — Angel

Paige Rawl

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