“I was a drug addict and a prostitute and I knowingly slept with a man that I knew had AIDS because I wanted to get high.”
That, Jay Blount said, is why she became diagnosed with AIDS 20 years ago. Today, she helps other women living with HIV while working as a peer navigator at Christie’s Place, a nonprofit organization in Bankers Hill.
Women often put the needs of their families before themselves. For females living with HIV, this can be dangerous. “[My job] is about empowering, training and teaching women that they should come first, especially in their health care,” Blount said.