“I know in my heart that I would not be alive today without the work and care of the wonderful people at AIDS Alabama.” ~ Janet

Janet was diagnosed with HIV in 1985.  During the 1990s she lost most of her family to AIDS, including her parents, husband, and son.  After her son died of AIDS in 1999, Janet felt lost and hopeless and turned to drugs.  At the recommendation of her doctor and social worker, Janet was referred to AIDS Alabama’s substance abuse treatment program where she completed treatment in 2004.  In 2010, Janet will celebrate six years of sobriety. Thanks to her hard work and the help of AIDS Alabama’s housing and substance abuse treatment programs, Janet has risen above drugs and homelessness.  She continues to serve as an AIDS Alabama peer educator, reaching out to youth and adults locally to tell her story and provide HIV prevention education information.