The POZ 100 Celebrates Local Unsung Heroes

POZ, the monthly magazine chronicles the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS.  In their December issue they are honoring a few local individuals in this year’s “The POZ 100″.  PHL17’s Zachery Lashway has the story of one local unsung heroes who is HIV-positive and is helping former inmates.

For almost 17 years, Teresa Sullivan an instructor at Philadelphia Fight has been living with a HIV-positive status.

Receiving the life-changing news empowered Sullivan to help others living with HIV.  She teaches a five-week program for those coming home from jail who are HIV-positive at Philadelphia Fight.  The curriculum for this program instructs former inmates who are HIV-positive how to live a healthy, productive life.

LaDonna Boyens, a former student of Sullivan’s is now a Philadelphia Fight volunteer.  Boyens says if it wasn’t for Sullivan she wouldn’t be where she is today.  She credits Sullivan for giving her the tools she needed to succeed.

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