By Brian Ledford
December 29, 2013
I hope all had a very good Christmas and are enjoying some time with family and friends this holiday season. I apologize for being so absent for the past few weeks, but with everything going on I just have not had time to sit down and write or have not felt up to it.
Killing HIV Stigma in the LGBTQ Community
December 13, 2013
I have touched on this subject before but I feel passionate about it and I think it is something that really needs to be discussed more in the GLBTQ community. We all talk about erasing the stigmas related to HIV and how people need to be educated on the subject, which I fully support and believe in, and also in the GLBTQ community we talk about wanting equality and to just be treated like the rest of humanity, which I also support and agree with.
HIV Education in the Military
December 3, 2013
I found this site made by a fellow HIV Positive Marine A Positive Tomorrow and it is a really well made site (might have to get him to give me some site building tips). On his site he has a video called "HIV Education in the Military" where he and his partner have some very valid points about the HIV education Military members are receiving and how HIV effects not just the individual but the whole unit. Please take the time to watch.
I Am Thankful
November 27, 2013
With tomorrow being Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, many of us forget about actually being thankful for what we already have. With everyone rushing around shopping and preparing to spend time with family and friends, we get lost in all the madness and it is easy to forget about the small things that most of us take for granted.
Loving Yourself After Your HIV Diagnosis
November 5, 2013
Sinking into a state of depression after first finding out that you are HIV-positive is a very common occurrence. Most of us experienced it in some shape or another and it can be a hard thing to shake off. We all too often forget how to love ourselves and the world seems like a dark, cold, and lonely place where love can never exist again.
Remembering THE Moment
November 5, 2013
I remember the moment I was told my test came back and the blood work showed that I had tested positive for HIV. At that moment time seemed to just stop, all I could hear was the sound of my heart beating like thunder in my head. I knew my Commanding Officer was still speaking to me but I really did not understand a word he was saying and not sure I even wanted to. I had a million thoughts racing through my head but the one that was shouting at me the loudest was "MY LIFE IS OVER, I AM GOING TO DIE."
This is my story of how I found out I was HIV-positive while still on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps and how I have tried to put the pieces of my life back together through the good times and the bad. I am currently a full time student working on a degree in Information Security Technology, which seems to be taking forever. I want to help make a difference and erase HIV related Stigma in the South, where due to lack of education people still do not know that much about HIV. If my story reaches out and helps at least one person, then I have made a difference.
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