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Telling My Mother I'm HIV Positive (Video)

December 10, 2015

Shortly after being diagnosed HIV positive, I disclosed my new HIV status to my mother. Luckily I got the reaction I needed which was that of a supportive parent.

Throughout my journey of coming to terms with my new status, she was there to comfort me through bad fevers and hospital visits. When I would get rejected by men due to my status, she was there to lend an ear and cry with me. What I'm trying to say is, the unconditional love and support I got from my mother was essential to coping with the disease. It gave me the strength to let people know I was still a human being, regardless of my status.

I hope in sharing this video with you, it will encourage a healthy communication with your parents that will hopefully lead to the support you may need. GOOD LUCK!

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My Liberating Curse

Eric Trujillo

Eric Trujillo
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In 2008 I was diagnosed with HIV. Boy, was I in for a ride. After a few years and countless experiences, I came to terms with my status. The next step was trying to empower other HIV positive men and women. The stigma and shame attached to this illness is very dominant in present day society and I hope through my disclosure, I can change that. I'll be sharing written stories and videos of things I've learned along the way that may help others. I hope through this blog we can embrace conversation on the topic of HIV and AIDS. The reason I called my blog "My Liberating Curse" is because after years living in fear of catching the chronic illness, I caught it -- and in a way, it set me free. One of the worst things I thought could happen to me happened, and years later here I am, happy and liberated from many mental restrictions. The virus changed my view on life and for that I am very thankful. However it is a curse in a way, because I still have to disclose my status constantly, resulting in rejection, stigma, and fear. Still, this does not impede my life from being any less fulfilling, as I will show you.

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