Jessica Glaspie, best known for her memoir titled "Life, Love, and HIV: A Memoir" was born and raised in Zion, IL. She started writing at a very young age by keeping very detailed journals of her life on a day-to-day basis. At the age of 22, she contracted HIV. As a result, she became a well-known HIV/AIDS Advocate and has done many features for newspapers, magazines, and TV networks. She took those intimate details from her journal to create a memoir. She enjoys doing her advocacy work with hopes of helping to erase the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS.
Jessica is a single mother of 3 and loves traveling and spending time with her family. She graduated from Southern IL University - Edwardsville with a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration and earned her CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) certification in 2023.
"When I first tested positive, I struggled with finding people that looked like me that I could relate to when it came to support after my diagnosis. I started advocating in 2015 with a desire to assist those that may be dealing with the same frustrations. It makes it a lot easier when you can see yourself in others. I also wanted to start to get to know people in the HIV community whether they were living with the virus or knew someone that was affected. It has been such an exciting and unexpected journey and I hope to continue well into the future!
I wrote "Life, Love, and HIV: A Memoir" as a way to bring closure for myself. Writing has always been a therapy so I took my time to share my very personal thoughts from my journal. I also travel all over the United States to speak about how I thrive in today's society with HIV." -Jessica Glaspie