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MY2K: A Coming of AIDS Story

Winter 2010

On the eve of the millennium, while others prepared for a global meltdown as a result of Y2K, I had my own personal catastrophe. I got HIV. In truth, it may have been Halloween night or Christmas Eve. Happy New Year, Trick or Treat or a gift from Santa. Who cares? It's all twisted.

The path that led to my conversion started arguably from the minute I had sex with a man. But since this is a short story, let's just start with my last boyfriend.

He was what I call my "opposite boyfriend," the one you date because he's not like you at all. He was a model, tall, masculine, and athletic. That's not me. In fact, I can best be described as a neurotic, over-achieving intellectual with a barbed wit and a nice smile. What I had to offer him remains a mystery. Nonetheless, he nurtured and indulged me and desperately tried to get me to open up to his New Age views on the world but my spirit was unwilling and my brain too evolved. It was not meant to be. Looking back, I realize that our relationship was a potent mix of love and self-hate ... in equal measure.

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Comment by: Sing (Australia) Tue., May. 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm EDT
You're a machine & My heart goes out you!!
I hope you keep on living a happy, positive & healthy life xoxo
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Comment by: Justin (NYC) Mon., Dec. 20, 2010 at 1:46 am EST
Thanks for sharing David. Your story is all too true and shows we have to take our own measures to protect ourselves. Hope you have a happy holiday.
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Comment by: russ (NC) Fri., Dec. 17, 2010 at 12:12 am EST
thanx David for sharing. I also am from NC ..your story I think is all too similar to many ..bless you and stay well..
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Comment by: Genia Graham (Maine) Thu., Dec. 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm EST
David, Thank you for being open and honest and sharing your personal story with others. We all make bad judgment calls at times. You're only human. What you share in your story not only promotes prevention, but it goes a long way towards ending stigma too. Thank you, again!
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