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About the Arizona HIV Needs Survey
The purpose of the HIV Needs Survey is to gain a better understanding of current access to testing, treatment and prevention services. By sharing needs, experiences and barriers, your feedback will help to highlight what has gone right with HIV services and how they can be improved.
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A chat with Mia Inez Adams
RipplePHX: “What made you want to be a part of this campaign?”
Mia: “I find myself often times wanting to do more in my community, but being hesitant honestly because of the cliques that go on. I don’t want to be a part of a clique, but want to be part of a movement that has action and has purpose.”
RipplePHX: “Why do you think it’s important for people to take this survey?”
Mia: “Because so many of my friends are no longer with us. And I think if something like this existed 10, 15 or 20 years ago, I might have 20, 30 or 40 more friends.”
RipplePHX: “Was there a moment when your eyes opened or when HIV became more important in your life?”
Mia: “Yes, when I lost my very best friend, Rob about 27 years ago.”
RipplePHX: “Are you in an HIV-vulnerable population, and if so, what kind of inequities have you seen that makes it important for people to get services?”
Mia: “I think on paper, I am being a trans woman of color who potentially could be a sex worker. I am not – I’m in a committed relationship, but on paper, people who look like me are definitely a larger at-risk group due to having to have survival sex and things of that nature.”
RipplePHX: “If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself something about HIV that you know now, what would it be?”
Mia: “Well, it’s kinda hard for a younger version of me, because a younger version of me was familiar with GRID – Gay-Related Immune Deficiency. So I got an education pretty early on when the epidemic hit. But if I could go back and tell myself something different, I would probably talk more with my friends about the usage of drugs, sex and rock & roll and when not to overindulge because it can take your life.”