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

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Ed Viera Jr.

Ed Viera Jr., New York City; Diagnosed in 1987

One of my female friends was just so accepting and supportive. She hugged me and then we cried together and then at the end of all this drama she told me, "I've been HIV positive for ten years. I just never told you.

I just didn't know how to feel. I really didn't know. She said, "Finally I meet somebody who's as comfortable with it as I am!" I'm like, "If you were that comfortable with it, why didn't you tell me years ago about this whole thing?" Her answer was that she was afraid to scare me off.

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