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Josh Middleton

PozitiveHope


Finding Deeply Rooted Connections at HealtheVoices 2016
May 9, 2016

Before even touching down at O'Hare International Airport, my Twitter feed and Facebook wall were buzzing as the excitement began to build. The event we had been waiting so long for was finally here: HealtheVoices 2016 -- better known by its hashtag #healthevoices16 -- in the magical, windy city of Chicago, Illinois.

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Heterosexual Identity Crisis: The Untold Story of Shame Among HIV-Positive Straight Men
April 13, 2016

When you think of someone living with HIV, you probably don't think of a story like mine, right? My heterosexual community is an unheard voice, one that is often silent by choice. HIV awareness has been left to previously ostracized groups within our society, such as the gay community. Although HIV affects us all, as seen in my previous blog "Straight Up: Why the Heterosexual Story Matters," it seems that "others" have been left to carry the weight of this epidemic.

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Straight Up: Why the Heterosexual Story Matters
March 8, 2016

The 23rd annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) provided deeper insights into pathology of HIV and the challenges the HIV community faces in controlling new infections. The conference covered everything from the first known seroconversion of an individual on PrEP to concerning statistics about the trend of already high-risk groups significantly affected by HIV. While confronted with the thought of possibly 50% of black gay men and one in four gay Latino men being infected with the virus, there is a group that seems to be missing: heterosexuals.

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The End of the Reagan Era
March 7, 2016

The death of former first lady Nancy Reagan marked the end of an important chapter in American history.

While social media has been buzzing with the news, and the nation mourns her passing, a different sentiment is present throughout our HIV community.

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A Parent's Love Knows No Bounds: Disclosing to My Parents
February 18, 2016

From a young age, we learn very quickly that no one likes bad news, especially our parents.

We don't want to have to admit fault to something that could make the ones we love made or, worse, hurt. It is in our nature to want to forgo pain or displeasure. We do more to avoid immediate pain than we do to gain pleasure.

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Daddy's Angel
February 8, 2016


When I found out she was pregnant, it was like a shot of dopamine surged through my blood and left me in a state of euphoria. I felt like I had finally caught a break in life, God had finally answered one of my prayers, to be a father. It seemed that after everything I had been through, from surviving death from a flesh-eating disease, to being diagnosed with HIV, I deserved to have something good finally happen.

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Fatherhood: My Journey to Having a Family
January 25, 2016

One of the biggest joys and responsibilities of life is bringing another human into this world. It's a surreal experience that can be filled with joy, anxiety, and fear. Finding out your partner is pregnant can bring even the strongest man to his knees in tears, it's an emotional out of body experience. There are so many unknown factors and risks involved to begin with but what happens when you throw HIV into the mix?

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A Scream of Dismay: Disclosure After Diagnosis
December 11, 2015

It was my first experience dealing with HIV disclosure and it wasn't the ideal situation. I had to tell my ex-girlfriend, who I had broken up with months ago, that I was now HIV positive and she needed to be tested as well.

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Unexpected Tribulations: How HIV Changed Everything
November 30, 2015

The moment I heard the words that I thought I wouldn't hear in a million years, "You are HIV Positive," time itself seemed to have stopped.

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Josh Middleton

Josh Middleton

Joshua, CEO of the California non-profit Pozitive Hope, Inc., was diagnosed with HIV at twenty-two and has been involved in advocacy ever since. Whether it be HIV, mental health, or LGBTQ rights, this self-identifying bisexual activist seeks to make a difference in the lives of each and every person possible. He is fluent in Spanish, a full-time college student currently pursuing his degree in Psychology with the hopes to one day be a Clinical Psychologist or Social Worker, and one day hopes to defy the odds once more by becoming a pilot. Your questions, opinions, letters and suggestions are welcome at pozitivehope1@
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