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The Real World Pedro- Your Opinion
Jul 22, 2010

I was always curious about this. I don't know if you're familiar with the show The Real World, but it's basically an MTV show where 7 random people live together for 7 months and are taped and shown to us reality t.v buffs :) Anywho, years ago Pedro was one of the roommates and was HIV+. Do you think that they had the other roommates use different 1)showers, or 2)use toilet seat covers, or even 3)wash their clothes in a separate washing machine?

If not, then why do people get so frightened by doing these everyday things while these people did it for 3 months. It has to say something about the HIV stereotypes and in fact, maybe even break them.

$25 donation will be sent, please and thank you :)

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi,

-- Different Showers? No.

-- Toilet seat covers? No.

-- Separate washing machines? No.

Irrational fears surrounding AIDS have deep roots dating back to the earliest days of the pandemic when very little was known about HIV or how it was transmitted. Unfortunately there continues to be widespread misinformation, fear and stigma surrounding the disease. If more folks had watched Pedro on Real World or read the information on this Web site, it would have gone a long way in dispelling many of their irrational fears. It's also important for folks like you to "pay it forward." That means take the information you've learned here and spread it to your friends and family.

Thanks for your donation to The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation (www.concertedeffort.org). It's very much appreciated.

Be well.

Dr. Bob



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