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Brooke Davidoff

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And Then, I Was a Single HIV-Positive Mother
February 7, 2018

"No, I don't love you; I don't even like you," I wanted to reply. How do you love someone who has been afraid to touch you for over seven years? Someone who had claimed to be OK with your diagnosis, someone who had claimed to have done his own research but would still not consider going on PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) because "he didn't trust the government." Yet, my status came up in every argument about our lack of physical contact for the whole seven years we knew I was positive.

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My Miscarriage
September 11, 2017

It was back in February when my period stopped: I was late. My husband and I began to get excited; we had been trying for almost a year. Pee test after test came back negative, but as the days went on, I remained period-less.

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After Week One of a Trump Presidency, Facing Fears That My Son Will Have a Sick, Dying Mother
February 1, 2017

I don't want to get crazy and emotional if it's all speculation; it might not be as bad as it sounds. Trump might not get rid of the part of Obamacare that guarantees medical insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. You never know, Trumpland might not be as bad as I think it will become.

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She Doesn't Know Your Mutual Ex Is Positive. What Would You Do?
January 23, 2017

Months ago, Facebook suggested I might know a previous girlfriend of the ex who gave me HIV.

Years ago, I was the other woman without even knowing it. I learned he left her for me.

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Curiosity: We Need to Stop Hiding and Speak Up
September 9, 2016

Most of the people who find out I have HIV from seeing my blog or my Facebook page are curious. They are usually people I knew in high school or middle school. They do not send name-calling emails calling me a slut. They ask questions.

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Learning to Survive the Journey of Life Together, HIV, Baby and All
August 29, 2016

Do you need help with verbal communication in your relationships? Watch the reality TV show Married at First Sight -- I'm not even kidding.

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Oops, I Outed Myself
March 1, 2016

"Did you know they test for HIV when you are pregnant?" Our neighborhood girlfriend asked last night.

Without hesitation my husband and I said, "Yeah, that's how we knew I had it."

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My Husband: My Path Through the Sh*t of Life
August 24, 2015

I had never really thought about how my diagnosis affected HIM or anyone else in my family. All I do is take pills and I do not appear sick to anyone, so my own issues with HIV are mostly mental.

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Time ... for Another Baby?
July 23, 2015

We are always in a rush, we go to bed too late and we have to wake up too early; we snooze to get an extra five minutes of sleep before work. We make quick easy meals after work so we have more time to spend with our kids at the end of the day. We rush around like chickens with our heads cut off to juggle laundry, cleaning the house, the car, the yard.

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From Up to Down and Back Again: More Tales From Texas
April 15, 2015

When you think life has found a plateau and you can begin to find some normalcy, it has to shit on you, just to remind you, there is NO normal.

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Voice of ONE

Brooke Davidoff

Brooke Davidoff

Brooke grew up in San Diego, Calif., and from a young age she wanted to change the world with her words. She has been writing poetry since 1992, and majored in journalism in school.

She was diagnosed with AIDS when she was eleven weeks pregnant in her first year of marriage. She is now a single mother living in Long Beach, Calif.

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