While having a discussion with Kevin from Rise Up to HIV and a few other online advocates at the recent conference I attended, something was brought up to me that I think is a very valid point. The topic was brought up by someone who is not living with HIV and it is something I had never really thought about before but it struck a cord with me on a personal level.
Sometimes it's helpful to get back to basics, and there is no more basic, effective tool to fight the HIV epidemic than to encourage testing. How long has it been for you, my friend? Here are five important facts about HIV testing that I hope will convince you to get busy and get tested -- again.
June is Pride Month in the LGBT community, and I was honored to be asked by Visual AIDS to curate a "Web Gallery" on the topic. Immediately, I considered a question that I had once posed to readers of my blog.
Welcome back, everyone. It's been a while since I've last posted, so I thought I'd check in with you all. I'm doing great as far as my PrEP experience is going. There have been zero side effects to report and I just cannot express how much more at ease life seems to be without that ever present fear of infection hovering over my life. I have my first post-PrEP HIV test coming up in a few weeks, but I feel it will be the least stressful test I have ever had.
Hey everyone, thanks once again for reading Let's Talk About PrEP. Thought I'd do a little check-in. Seems like it's been a while since I've written. Not too much on the home front to report. I got my prescription refilled, which worked a lot easier than I expected it to. Really, I didn't have to do anything. The medication was shipped to my doctor's office with no action required on my part. I have to say that it was an unexpected, pleasant surprise when I got a call saying my medication was in. Other than that, I'm still feeling great, and I'll be honest, my sex life is healthier and happier than I think it's ever been. It's amazing the great burden that is lifted once you know that protection is in place and the peace of mind that PrEP has brought to both my partner and me.
Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting Let's Talk About PrEP. This is day 21 of my experience taking Truvada as PrEP and, so far, things are going really well. No side effects to talk about and life seems to be business as usual. So I want to take this opportunity to talk about why I decided to start using PrEP. Now I said in my first post that there would be times I would be discussing my sex life in this blog, and that I would warn you if that were coming, so ... WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! Here it comes. If you happen to be a parental figure in my life, or if you view me as that big or little brother, or if the idea of my sex life makes you uncomfortable, thanks for reading and you probably want to stop reading after this paragraph. Now this is not to say this is going to turn into a pornographic blog by any means, so I don't want to scare anybody off, but what parent really wants to read anything about their son's sex life?
I am grateful for this National HIV/AIDS Long Term Survivors Awareness Day! It has given me time to reflect on my journey.
Now that I'm well into my 50s, there seems to be no turning back. I'm doing what I should have done in my 30s and for sure when I started to see my 40s that is, live with intent. Well, I sort of lived with very limited intent for 20 years plus, that is, to tell my story to as many people as possible before I died. It was a lofty goal that I did very well. I mean I have spoken at literally hundreds of venues from colleges, churches, high schools and conferences. The only thing is that this goal was single focused and connected to death. Then, I didn't die. Limbo!
This post will never be as romantic as I would like it to be. And it could never be as romantic as the truth.
Pride and shame will kill you and your spirit. This I know to be true. And it does not matter the circumstance. These two emotions have the ability to create chaos in your life, from your health, to your job and dating. These two will lead you down a path that adds absolutely no value to your life. It's like this: For years, I kept my HIV status a secret because I didn't want to be judged. I was more afraid of what people thought of me, over and above trying to live my best life with HIV.
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