Meet Janet

Janet Kitchen is the founder of Positively U, Inc. Its mission is to provide culturally appropriate and compassionate programming to HIV-positive and high-risk individuals in Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties and the Tampa Bay area with an emphasis on tailoring activities to meet the specific needs of the individuals.   

She currently serves on many state and national advisory boards advocating for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

 She has been featured in numerous local newspapers articles, national magazines, television interviews, and has done public speaking in many settings such as churches, universities, conferences and open forums throughout the country to increase the awareness of HIV and AIDS. Janet is often asked to travel to Washington, D.C. to represent and advocate for the needs of people living with HIV in Florida, as well as representing HIV positive African American women. She was nominated for the 2011 WEGO Health Activist Award and has also been awarded the SHERO Award from the National Minority AIDS Council, 2012. Janet has appeared on BET “Rap It Up” for their community mobilization project tour in St. Lucie County, Florida.

She has developed and implemented peer education, micro enterprise workshops and motivational seminars for people living with HIV throughout the state of Florida.

In July 2012, Janet was the Lead Regional Mobilizer for the State of Florida, where she was instrumental in mobilizing over 400 Florida advocates and people living with HIV/AIDS to participate in the largest gathering for people living with HIV/AIDS; The March on Washington, D.C. at the 2012 International Conference on AIDS. Most recently she was featured as #42 “Most Amazing Person Living with HIV” and in December 2016, POZ magazine, “The POZ 100 celebrating the South”.

“No one understands the reality of HIV better than someone who lives with it every day.”

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