A few moments ago I received the conversation shown below via picture message on my phone. This was sent to me by a guy who I had plans to go out with tomorrow afternoon, that is until I told him that I was HIV+. He then proceeded to tell me he was not interested in dating me, this afternoon I received this conversation from him. He and one of his friends were poking fun at my HIV status and alleging that I was going to die. Let me make a few things clear: 1) I am HIV+, I do NOT have AIDS, I have one of the best doctors in Los Angeles taking very good care of me; 2) being HIV+ is not a death sentence and I do not plan on dying anytime soon; 3) people, such as this guy and his friend, still exist and carry around with them a big bag of ignorance and like to spread it around; 4) I decided to post this because it is time my friends realize that the stigma those of us with HIV have to deal with is far too great to go it alone. I rely on the support of my closest friends and my amazing family to keep me strong and remind me that my status does not define who I am or what I can achieve. I am asking all of my friends: gay, straight, bi, transgendered, please know your status, get tested and never judge those who are courageous enough to be honest with you about their status.
He later commented: Thanks everyone for all the love and support! It is very much appreciated. I have dealt with some not so nice people in the past when it concerns my status (one guy actually left the restaurant after I told him). This one takes the cake and I hope in sharing this story that people will take a moment and get tested and not be so quick to judge.
I love my brother so much and its because of DICKWADS like this guy, that HIV spreads. When there is a stigma out there people are more reluctant to tell their partners their status. As long as this stigma is out there HIV will continue to spread as people have unprotected sex and do not communicate with their partners.
Your head is running wild again
My dear we still have everythin’
And it’s all in your mind
(Yeah but this is happenin’)
Why am i still friends with you, honestly. I have out grown you.
Such a productive day at work.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. — Socrates
Pakistani children light candles to pay tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Dec. 15, 2012.
This will never be on the news. But how awesome of this picture to see some light.
(Source: wordsandbirdcages, via marielosorelli)