I work in Government Affairs at AIDS Project Los Angeles. I chose 'worthy' because growing up I was extremely religious and worthiness was a virtue that could only be achieved by making correct choices. Worthiness was such an important goal, but it was always so difficult to achieve. I've since learned that worthiness is not something that must be sought after, my worthiness does not change, and I am worthy just for being me. Each of us has intrinsic value and worth. Being HIV Equal means that regardless of status we are all worthy. We all deserve to live a life free of guilt, fear, and shame."