The Dude Who Exposed Me to HIV Speaks, Part Two
January 17, 2013
In this finale of the two-part series "Dude Who Exposed Me to HIV Speaks," I, humbly, feature the thoughts and feelings of the guy who unknowingly exposed me to HIV on December 18, 2011.
Originally, the second part was released and available exclusively on OutandAboutNewspaper.com, and I can't thank them enough for the opportunity.
Today, we are posting the full copy as a courtesy to our readership, as the post originally carried on OutandAboutNewspaper.com is now archived.
To read the original version released through the digital product of Out & About Newspaper, please visit their site by clicking here.
Special note from ImStillJosh: "It has been a year-in-the-making really, that I would have the opportunity to feature the thoughts and feelings of the guy who unknowingly and unintentionally exposed me to HIV on December 18, 2011. This opportunity was not requested or received lightly -- as the privacy and dignity of this gentleman remains extremely important to me. However, nearly one year later, I believe this is an important part of the larger story to share and an opportunity for us all to find wisdom, strength and grace from someone who lives with the fact of exposing HIV to someone else, even unintentionally. I do hope that readers understand I do not hold blame or guilt on either of us, solely. And after spending quality time with a therapist immediately after learning my own status, I believe he and I both learned even more a true-life meaning of the word 'grace.' -[+] I'm still Josh. You still be YOU!!!"
The following was written anonymously from a Nashville guy (at the time of exposure):
Weeks after learning he tested positive for HIV, Josh Robbins launched his blog, imstilljosh.com, to raise awareness for HIV as well as provide encouragement for others who may be living with HIV in Nashville. Almost one year after starting his blog and posting the only known video on YouTube actually being told one is positive, Robbins continues to share his story and unique perspective on tackling the stigma surrounding a manageable disease -- HIV. Appearing on international media, his blog's motto remains the same: "Im still Josh. You still be You!" Recently, Robbins was named an official ambassador of the globally recognized HIV anti-stigma campaign for The Stigma Project. Robbins continues to reside in Nashville and is active with local HIV fundraising events, volunteering.
This article was provided by ImStillJosh.com.
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