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NBC Channel 4 World AIDS Day Report 2009

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December 1, 2013

Today I reminisced to when I started out as an AIDS activist. This was my first news interview and I couldn't believe I found it after all these years. I was actually looking back on some old photos of friends and ex-boyfriends that passed away. I found this news interview and it was when I was about 29, which was about 4 years ago. Now I look at my life now and I didn't think I would be married legally and I didn't think I would be a father. I didn't think that I would've come out with a children's book about HIV or have done HIV activism as deeply as I have now.

Sometimes I think about my death and I wonder if my son will know about the work I've done. I wonder if he knows about how serious HIV/AIDS really is. I know several generations before me probably said the same things about me when I was "growing up gay". Some of them are still around probably shaking their heads at some in my generations that shrug their shoulders at HIV/AIDS. We will never know until time tells us the truth and only truth can come with time.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Kirk (Dallas ) Thu., Dec. 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm UTC
Justin, I remember that interview. Amazing! Time does move on and we are privileged that we are still making an impact on this world for the better. I found out my status September 2004. And everyday I looked for hope. Later, I came across your interview then blog and you became another encouragement to me. I wonder sometimes about my daughter knowing or remembering to take HIV serious. All we can do is speak up, educate, be available, and perhaps pray. I think the same Energy that is helping and healing us will do the same for our children. May you and yours be blessed.
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