Gina Brown shares her story with the National AIDS Memorial Surviving Voices oral history project, which in 2017 focused on women and HIV/AIDS. 

Gina Brown is a community organizer with the Southern AIDS Coalition. She has worked in the field of HIV for 15 years and has been living with HIV for 23 years. 

Gina graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern University at New Orleans, with a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in History in 2011. She received her Master's degree in Social Work in 2012. Gina is a former member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Gina has served on numerous boards and committees. She currently serves on CrescentCare Health’s Board of Trustees. Gina is a public speaker and community advocate and has appeared in many magazines and publications, most recently in Ebony and Jet magazine. Gina serves as an Ambassador for the Greater than AIDS Initiative, appearing in the Women, HIV, and Intimate Partner Violence campaign. Gina truly believes in service work and has made it her life’s mission to help the broader community gain a higher level of health literacy.

This diverse collection of videos is not limited to testimonies of HIV-positive women and the unique challenges they face, but also includes those of other women who have made significant contributions to the fight against AIDS as caregivers, nurses, doctors, scientists, advocates, and activists (“responders”).

Hear all the Women & AIDS Stories at Surviving Voices


"Know your status. You know, and if you're not living with HIV there are things you can do to prevent HIV. And if you are living with HIV there is a whole network of women that's here to embrace you, and to help you in this journey."

— Gina Brown

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