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Piecing the Puzzle Together

Summer 2012

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Matt Sharp

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Matt Sharp

Activist, educator, long-term HIV survivor
San Francisco, California

I live in the AIDS "bubble" of San Francisco and I work with AIDS educators and activists internationally. My partner is HIV-positive and my family and friends have known for years that I am positive and still, thankfully, healthy. I live in a world of openness and fulfillment because I made a choice to live proudly with HIV. I made that choice so hopefully others could see.

For me, then, it seems unfathomable that people are still so unaware of HIV/AIDS. Yet I know that AIDS ignorance, HIV stigma and hatred towards people who are "different" exists, especially in the right-wing quagmire that is so pervasive in this country. As people with HIV/AIDS, we should harken back to the early days of in-your-face activism and not settle for anything less than full acceptance in this world.

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This article was provided by Positively Aware. It is a part of the publication Positively Aware. Visit Positively Aware's website to find out more about the publication.
 
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