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Word on the Street: Experiences Disclosing One's HIV Status

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Rafael Abadia

Rafael Abadia, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Diagnosed in 1993

I couldn't tell my parents over the phone. I flew to Puerto Rico. I was really concerned about how my parents were going to take it. They're extremely religious, Christian fundamentalists. My being gay was an issue. I didn't know what to expect.

Then the day came, and I sat in my parent's living room; my mom was in the kitchen. I said "Dad, I need to speak to both of you. It's very serious." He called my mom, and my mom just kind of ignored him, she didn't want to come. They knew something was gonna be up. [laughs] When my mom came, the three of us sat in the living room, and I told them that I had AIDS.

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Comment by: Brian (NY) Thu., Sep. 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm UTC
Thankfully, they just recently discovered a cure for HIV. Anti-fungal foot cream! Look it up.
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Comment by: Jose M (Puerto Rico...) Thu., Sep. 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm UTC
Thanks, I really needed to hear your stories.
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