PozLyfe09: Raw Talk on Life With HIV
Your Status Does Not Determine Your Destiny
May 3, 2013
Since my diagnosis in 2009 I've encountered many other people whose lives have changed post diagnosis. Many of them were not changes for the good. Many had lost hope, given up on dreams, and just no longer had a drive to do the things that made them happy once before. I would like for every one of those people to know that YOUR STATUS DOES NOT DETERMINE YOUR DESTINY.
Breaking the Silence on My Struggle With HIV Meds
March 5, 2013
It has been over a year since I have written a blog. Why should I? What allows me to sit here and continue writing about life with HIV when I face so many struggles every day? No one wants to hear about my crap, right? Everyone wants to hear me tell my peers to take their meds and be safe right? How can I tell anyone to take meds and to take care of themselves when I have been struggling with it myself? Who am I to tell someone to be med compliant when I have built a resistance against Atripla because of my own foolishness?
November 1, 2011
I have been asked many times about my having engaged in unprotected sex in order to conceive a child. While this may be frowned upon because of my HIV-positive status, having unprotected sex is still a reality for many HIV-positive and HIV-negative people. But I do not intend on trying to infect anyone with the virus, because I am not a "gift giver." A gift giver is an HIV-positive person who seeks out to infect others with HIV.
Why Are Teenagers Not Using Condoms?
October 20, 2011
During my training to become certified to administer the Rapid HIV Test here in Michigan I was given a homework assignment. The assignment was to go condom shopping. Not to actually buy the condoms, but to become familiar with different stores and the locations that they kept their condoms and the different types that were available.
Conceiving a Child While HIV Positive
September 23, 2011
Let me first start by saying that if used properly, condoms are a very effective way to prevent pregnancy, and the spread of STDs and HIV. Although I discuss engaging in raw sex, I am not against the use of condoms; neither am I advocating for their use. My stance is to educate yourself, know all the risk, open discussion with your partner, then make your educated decision. I was successful in conceiving a child while HIV positive without transmitting the virus. This may not be the case for everyone. My suggestion is to speak with your doctor (along with your partner) and discuss the facts with him/her.
A Bisexual, HIV-Positive, Single Father of Five
August 13, 2011
My name is Jermaine Wright and I am a bisexual, HIV-positive, single father of five. If that's not a jaw dropper for ya, I had one of my children while being HIV positive. Here is how it started ...
August 10, 2011
November 2, 2009 I went to the clinic in Baltimore, MD, and got an HIV test, which came back positive. After speaking with the case worker I left with two of my friends, and the whole time all I could think about was my boyfriend. I had gotten into a relationship with him August 16th of that same year and we had probably only used a condom on one occasion. From listening to the rumors that had caused me to get tested in the first place, I had narrowed down the timeframe that I could have contracted it. So the thoughts of passing the virus to someone else echoed in my head the whole ride home.
Everything That Glitters Ain't Gold
July 26, 2011
In June 2009 I got into a relationship with a guy that I met at the club. There was a crowd of people around him and I thought he was cute, so in my head I was thinking "I'm going to get him." A friend of mine told me that he was a porn star but I didn't believe him, so I would joke with the guy I was talking to at the time, telling him that maybe we could make a video together.
PozLyfe09: Raw Talk on Life With HIV
Jermaine Wright is a young, black, bisexual father of five who is also living with HIV. Following a period of service in the Army he is now at the Community AIDS Resource and Education Services of Southwest Michigan (CARES) where he promotes Mr. Friendly, a prevention tool used to raise awareness of the stigma associated with HIV. His mission is to reach out to other young black people living with HIV in a safe manner via his YouTube channel, PozLyfe09. For many youth, this is the only place they can go to discuss and share about living with HIV with someone who is open about his status and sexuality. Topics of his videos include: disclosure, dating, fathering a child post HIV diagnosis, passing on the virus, barebacking while HIV positive and more.
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May 3, 2013 - Your Status Does Not Determine Your Destiny: A Blog Entry by Jermaine Wright
March 5, 2013 - Breaking the Silence on My Struggle With HIV Meds: A Blog Entry by Jermaine Wright
November 1, 2011 - Gift Givers: A Video Blog Entry by Jermaine Wright
October 20, 2011 - Why Are Teenagers Not Using Condoms? A Video Blog Entry by Jermaine Wright
September 23, 2011 - Conceiving a Child While HIV Positive: A Video Blog Entry by Jermaine Wright
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