“It’s been a long journey for me. I was really devastated when I got the virus. But when I started the study I could see my numbers changing and it made me want to continue to come back.”

“I always see the same ladies at the Christmas party, and Thanksgiving party, and I come up here and feel comfortable with them.”

“(I stay enrolled in the study because) basically, anything you can do that helps further the prevention of the virus or at least educates women about it, helps. If the research that (this study does) touches one person then you have done something.”

“It’s not like going to the doctor’s office.”

“I like coming up here to make sure that I am healthy. Most people go places to find out if they have HIV/AIDS, but it is convenient for me because I can just come here to get checked out. If they find out that something is wrong when I am here, they call me on my personal cell phone to tell me that I have some problem, immediately.”

“I’ve been positive for over 20 years and in that time I’ve seen a lot of change and betterment in HIV. I know studies like WHIS are the reason for it.”

“If you help me, then at some point I will help someone else. The mentality is contagious.”

“I think it’s a very good study. It helps me with my health care … I’m able to have my virus checked up on every 6 months. (The study) gives me a better, more secure feeling about my health.”

“I’m just grateful for it (WIHS/MWCCS). I think they have a good staff here; they’re very compassionate.”

“WIHS/MWCCS has made me more conscious of my health because I know every 6 months I have to come in and see the crew here. It keeps me conscious and alert to changes, treatments, and care of the virus.”