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.