Tri-State woman speaking out about her journey with HIV to raise awareness
World AIDS Day is Saturday, December 1st.
It's an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV.
One Tri-State woman, Tamara Dietrich, has the virus and is speaking out to shed some light on the topic.
Tamara is a Pound instructor and doesn't go a day without grabbing her Pound sticks.
"I get to rock out and hear the music that I want, I get to jam with friends and family."
Pound is just one aspect of Tamara's journey.
It all began 15 years ago, when she found out she was HIV positive.
"I thought I was going to die," said Tamara.
She soon discovered she was wrong.
"People live vast beyond what HIV and AIDS were in the 80's and 90's. Then it was a death sentence and now we've come so far and there's much life to be lived."
Tamara was recently published on the cover of Positively Aware.
A yearly magazine designed to bring awareness to HIV and AIDS.
"People have a notion that you have a virus and you're real sick and you're sickly and your just pushed in a corner," Tamara explained.
She wants you to know, that is not the case.
"I just try to stay upbeat and positive to be a light to show there is a flip side to that coin."
Tamara has always been open about her journey and thinks everyone needs to take action.
"Be aware, be positive, educate yourself, and ask questions. You're the only one that ultimately has your live in your hands so take control of it," said Tamara.