After growing up and living a seemingly normal and healthy childhood in Claymont, Delaware, Lolisa Gibson found out at the age of seventeen that she was HIV positive. At the time of her diagnosis Lolisa knew nothing about HIV, not even what the three letters stood for.
Gibson believed wholeheartedly that everything happens for a reason. In an effort to turn her tragic discovery into a positive, she took the time to get fully educated on the virus and what it meant to be HIV positive. Every day Lolisa learned something new about the virus, she realized how much she wanted to share the information with others. Lolisa took the time and found a passion to share and educate anyone she could about the importance of the virus.
Since being diagnosed nearly a decade ago, Lolisa has made countless public appearances and media appearances including FADER, Real Health, CBS Early Show, MTV NEWS, CNN, and One Hour of Hope TV. She has also been the subject of national HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns such as the Campaign to End AIDS, Greater Than AIDS and GILEAD'S Catalyst Campaign.
Lolisa released her first novel; a self-published memoir entitled The Way I See It in 2011. Her goal is to inspire people who may be facing any type of trying times in life and let them know that anything is possible. Lolisa's story is one of strength and courage that anyone who has faced challenges can relate to. Lolisa has done more in her twenty-five years of life then some people twice her age and she has no plans of stopping. Lolisa hopes to write more books through her publishing company, The Way I See It Publications while inspiring people across the globe. She is passionate about educating others about the importance of HIV/AIDS and hopeful that this epidemic will one day be eradicated.
Lolisa will partner with the United Church of Christ's health, wholeness and advocacy ministry partners to present a non-traditional plenary forum for NYE participants for Wednesday's sub-theme, "Imagine a Healthy World."