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Saddened by the state of AIDS in our community
      #232743 - 10/19/07 08:24 PM

As an HIV+ man, as an educator, and as a gay man, i often times wear different hats, have different goals, and different needs within a day. I joined the site to see what was going on with the brothers and sisters infected and affected with HIV. When i read the statistics and hear about the many challenges (poverty, family, religion, shame, stigma, fear, violence, unsafe sex), i get saddened that we are not more vigilant about combatting this disease or improving our qualtiy of life. HIV is one disease of the health disparities that we have to fight against but as Black people, are we stuck on old behaviors and not adjusting to new trends? are we caught up on roles? looking a certain way? keeping up w/ the Jones'?

If we are having the same sex as others why are our rates higher? do we care about ourselves and and our partners? have we given up? I hear these as reasons why we are in this state, i'm curious about solutions.

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