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Aaron Laxton

My HIV Journey


I Have HIV and Current Laws Say I Am a Criminal
November 30, 2012

According to the current criminal statutes in Missouri I am considered a felon. It does not matter that I disclose my HIV status to another person, and it does not matter that I use protection. As stated in the law itself, these things are no defense. I am viewed as a criminal and as a threat to the common good of society, even though I am on medication and undetectable. ...

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A Strategy for the Holiday Season
November 26, 2012

For many of us, HIV can be stressful and make us feel as if no one loves us. In this video I talk about some things that you can do to safeguard against depression as the holidays approach. Your HIV status does not define who you are and there are people who love you and want to spend the holidays with you.

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National Health Blog Month Day 1: Why I Write About My Health
November 15, 2012

HIV is only one very small piece of who I am. At the end of the day, HIV doesn't negatively impact my life. That's the greatest message, and that's why I blog about HIV.

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I Am Gay, a U.S. Army Veteran, HIV Positive ... and Voting for President Obama
November 4, 2012

With the U.S. Presidential election only days away, I will take this moment to encourage you to get out the vote. I am not simply voting as a gay man, or as a veteran or even as a person living with HIV ... I am voting as a person who is encouraged by the path of our country in four years and I believe if given four more years that we will be even stronger!

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If You Are HIV Positive and Voting for Mitt Romney ... Would You Like to Share Why?
October 30, 2012

I do not know how anyone who is HIV positive could think about voting for Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney does not care about HIV or other pre-existing conditions and he does not care about you. With current laws, I am excluded from coverage of HIV as a pre-existing condition for one year. There are many others just like me and we must stand up and be heard.

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Day 497: Getting a Cold With HIV
October 19, 2012

Many times when you are newly diagnosed there is a tendency to freak out and think that death is near when you get sick. This is not reality. As people who are living with HIV we must learn about our own immune system in order to understand that not everything that makes us sick is related to HIV or AIDS. Sometimes a cold or the flu is just that ... a cold or a flu.

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Facing the Past of Addiction
October 2, 2012

In this video I talk about a moment in which I am reminded of the person that I was when I relapsed on crystal. I have been clean for 265 days and with each day it gets easier. Being in recovery means taking one day at a time. I know that may sound silly to some, but to an addict using one time is too many and a million times is never enough. Keep working the steps ... they work if you work them.

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Vote or Die?
September 25, 2012

As much as activists get noticed there is something that every person can do that has the potential of changing society: voting! I encourage all of my viewers to register to vote and on November 6, 2012, to let your voice be heard. Stand up and be counted!

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Caught on Tape: HIV Discrimination and Ignorance by a Police Officer in Michigan
September 19, 2012

Are you kidding me? Another example of the stigma that faces those who are living with HIV. This time it was caught on tape.

The video shows Dearborn Police Officer David Lacey telling Shalandra Jones that she should disclose her HIV-positive status whenever a police officer asks her to step out of a vehicle. He said he was "pissed" that Lacey hadn't disclosed her status before he searched the vehicle ...

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A Day With HIV Awareness/Anti-Stigma Campaign
September 19, 2012

Whether you are positive or negative, we are all affected by HIV. Take your best shot by taking part in A Day With HIV, the awareness and anti-stigma campaign presented by Positively Aware magazine. On Sept. 21, use your smartphone or digital camera and take a snapshot of an everyday moment in your life. Send your photo and a caption to photo@adaywithhiv.com. Photos and captions will be posted on www.adaywithhiv.com and select photos will be published in the November/December 2012 issue of Positively Aware.

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My HIV Journey


Aaron Laxton

Aaron Laxton

I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that over 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive. I decided in that split moment to record the journey that I was embarking on so that I might help others as they receive that news.

I am not a doctor and I do not endorse any agenda other than simply living a healthy life. I am an activist and advocate and simply want to make the world a better place. I hold a degree in sociology and psychology. I am a product of the Missouri Foster System and this is one of my main passions, second only to the work I do with HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention.

I embrace a sex-positive model. People are going to have sex; it is a natural part of who we are. However we need to make sure that it is safe. I can be found on weekends throughout St. Louis, Missouri, passing out condoms and safe-sex kits.

Whether in St. Louis, DC or around the nation, I always jump at the chance to help change not only policies to better serve those that need help but to also change the landscape of the society that we live in.

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