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

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 7/11 

Roger Solar

Roger Solar, San Antonio, Texas; Diagnosed in 1999

I think you have to be honest with yourself first. You have to look around as to who you're surrounding yourself with. If you surround yourself with real friends, your family who really loves you -- or you hope loves you -- you can be yourself and be honest.

You are going to have to build that little wall up because you know you're going to have one or two people who come out and turn their back on you. That hurts more than them making fun of you; the fact that they drop you and don't talk to you hurts more than anything. I wouldn't just go up to somebody and tell them, "Yes, I'm HIV positive." You do it with care and with people you trust.

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