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AIDS Stories

Spring '96

To All Humankind

Hi, to all humankind. My name will become clear to you soon. First, let me tell you that I don't care if you hurt. I don't care what or who you are. The color of your skin doesn't matter. No, it doesn't even matter to me whether you get a check, have a home or not, whether you are rich or poor. No, all I care about is what I do to your body. I want to make sure I destroy you totally in the end. That I take what is pretty and make it ugly. That it's gonna take a lot just for everyone to stay on top of me, that I am not male or female, that I just am. I'll make your friends sad, & I'll see to it that you'll fight a hard fight, but I'll fight even harder. Let's see who wins, me or you. Do you recognize me yet? I'm so terrible when you catch me, but still you don't learn. Every one's talking about me, saying how not to catch me. But a lot of you still don't get it yet. I'll make you so sick that you'll cry. I'll make you so sick that you'll cry out for someone to help you. Maybe after you witness all the babies dying, your kids, your brothers and sisters, maybe then someone will listen. I am not a nice thing to have. But every year I get more and more of you on my side.

Know me? I'm making you weak, tearing down the immune system, making you take pills that you don't want. I am HIV, in the end, full blown AIDS.

Dear Mommy

I watch you every night and all you do is cry for me. But, you know, I'm at peace now! I don't have to go through the pain like I did in the end! I don't have to cry because none of my friends wanted to play with me. If you could look at my eyes you would be happy because there's no sadness anymore. Mommy, don't blame yourself for what happened to me. Life is like that. We can't change what happens. I'm happy now & what I want is for you just to go on with your life. I'll always be there & no matter what, I'll love you. So now, it's time to let me go! Be happy for me, okay? Don't cry anymore, it's okay now.

Love, a daughter




  
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This article was provided by Women Alive. It is a part of the publication Women Alive Newsletter.
 

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