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Harold R. "Scottie" Scott

Positive and Beyond: A Rural Perspective


The Balancing Act of Surviving HIV With Limited Resources
October 27, 2016

Having lived with HIV/AIDS for twenty-five-plus years, I have seen and experienced many changes. I, like so many other long-term survivors, have learned to be creative when it comes to my everyday living. Many of us left the workforce years ago to live out our remaining years, never having planned to reach old age, yet, all these years later, we are still here.

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'The Look' of HIV/AIDS: I Bet You Think This Song Is About You
October 27, 2016

As a society obsessed with aging and looks, whether or not we admit it, when we meet people our appearance is often a major factor in the opinion they form of us. We try to show ourselves in the best possible way, but often what others think or say about us can cause us not to be our best. This is how we become insecure when, actually, we should be comfortable in our own skins. Literally!

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Through a Journal, a Long-Term HIV Survivor Looks Back at the Early Years
September 17, 2016

In 1991 when I was 29, I learned I was infected with HIV. I was devastated, and for the first several months, it was not a good place to be. But, in the midst of my sadness, anger, depression and a whole range of other emotions, I again began to journal my thoughts. I had been told that I had maybe five to seven years before I would succumb to AIDS. It was due to this that I felt the need to record my journey in my own words. I am now sharing some of my journal entries to allow a glimpse into my struggle to come to terms with the news I had received.

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The Journey From Small Town Secret to Sharing My HIV Story
September 13, 2016

In late 1989, I met and dated someone for about three months. It was from this brief "fling" that my life would be forever changed as, being rather naive, I allowed myself to become infected with HIV. After discussing HIV/AIDS risks, and before participating in unprotected sex, the person I was dating told me they were not infected, so I believed there was nothing to worry about. That would change.

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Positive and Beyond: A Rural Perspective


Harold R. 'Scottie' Scott

Harold R. "Scottie" Scott

Harold R. "Scottie" Scott grew up on the family farm in rural Jackson County, Tennessee, which has a population of less than 10,000. On October 24, 1991, he learned he was infected with HIV via a phone call while at work. This set into motion a personal journey, which would include a very public announcement that he was living with HIV while a featured speaker at a 1994 World AIDS Day program. He has since gone on to volunteer in various capacities, representing the rural person's voice on HIV/AIDS and the issues that are sometimes unique to rural versus urban life. Among other roles, he is a speaker/educator who lives openly with his status while serving as a resource for the newly diagnosed in rural Tennessee. He currently resides some 30 miles east of Nashville, Tennessee.

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