My HIV Journey
A Worthless Foster Kid for Life?
January 12, 2013
Worldwide I have gained notoriety for "My HIV Journey." However, HIV is only one aspect of who I am. Being a foster child and the associated trauma is something that I struggle with daily. I was taken into care at age 3 and spent over 15 years in the care of people other than my parents. I became a product of a system that would go away when I aged out at 18.
Day 571: Nausea ... Need I Say More?
December 28, 2012
So many people think that you are only sick when you first become infected with HIV and that is simply not true. Part of living with HIV can be dealing with nausea related to HIV as well as from the medications we take to control the HIV.
Day 547: Remembering That I Am HIV Infected
December 4, 2012
Last night I had a dream and in it I was quite scared. Every now and then something will remind me that I am infected with a virus that without drug intervention and treatment would lead to extreme sickness and ultimately death. Even with treatment a person infected with HIV has a decreased lifespan. This is a scary reality and the reason that I share my story with others to help them cope as well as try to stay negative.
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. ...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
My HIV Journey
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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