Kevin Maloney -- A Co-Infection Story
By Robert Breining
January 14, 2011
Kevin Maloney was diagnosed HIV+ on March 3, 2010. Since then Kevin has been advocating and educating the public through his personal blog. It can be found at www.kevincaresusa.blogspot.com. He has recently enrolled back in school to get his Masters degree in Public Health and starts classes in January. Kevin was actually co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C due to unprotected sex. He has just finished six months of hep C treatments, which have eradicated the virus.
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Comment by: Give him a break!
Wed., Mar. 23, 2011 at 12:48 am EDT
I've seen a LOT of people on a handful of websites roll their eyes at this guy, and frankly, they're the ones who are being absurd.
Imagine if we applied the same dissent to other issues that we're applying to Kevin's arguements. Should we legalize angel dust because "you chose to take it before peeling your face off with a broken dinner plate"? What about eliminating speed limits? "Well, you're the one who chose to drive at 213 miles an hour and wrap your car around a light pole"? No, we obviously wouldn't. Angel dust and superspeeding inevitably lead to catastrophe. When things do this, we as a society collectively recognize that they are better left inaccessible. The host of websites which delude gay men into believing that they can screw hundreds of strangers a year and still be "clean" falls into this range as well. Its only because of the f***ed up libertarian morality which we apply to sex that we somehow think Kevin...who pulled his life together and is trying his best to save other people...somehow has a problem taking ownership of the situation.
Ultimately, everything is "our responsibility". That doesn't mean we indulge every ridiculous possibility and then let the world burn, chalking it up to individual responsibility. People who are prone to bad decisions might find a way to make those bad decisions no matter what, but we're not improving ANYONE's situation by making it easier for them.
Comment by: Scott
Tue., Mar. 22, 2011 at 1:46 am EDT
Being poz myself, I obviously have empathy with what you're going through. However, from watching your video, you seem to lay all the blame on Manhunt. Manhunt didn't make you hook up for unprotected sex with strangers and do drugs with those strangers. Obviously, they provided a vehicle for you to do that. But, you chose to have unprotected sex and to do drugs. You could have hooked up and used condoms. By that rationale, bars are responsible for people hooking up. They can't be held responsible for people not protecting themselves.
Sites like Manhunt attract people who want to have bareback sex and those people are more likely to do drugs. I've been on that site. There are so many profiles where they say, "I'm neg, UB2." But, they say they like to do it raw. Well, you can only hook up and bareback just so often before you get HIV. If you believe someone is neg because they say they are, that is playing with fire. I've wondered how many infections have happened due to the internet that may not have happened otherwise--going back to the days of AOL. But, it still comes down to our own responsibility. The story about you leading to the video says you got HIV and Hep C via unprotected sex. I'm wondering if that was an error? Did you actually get Hep C via drug use? You don't have to shoot up to get Hep C. You can get it from sharing straws to snort drugs. I think many of us want to place blame someplace else. I have. We could shut down the internet hook-up sites and people would go back to the way they hooked up before the internet--bars, parks, and bathhouses. What explains all the HIV and Hep C infections prior to the internet? Having said this, I do believe if we shut down internet sites like Manhunt, we'd probably see a dramatic drop in infections--but only for a while. People who are drawn to anonymous, bareback sex will find a way to get it. People who are prone to drug use will find a way to meet people to do it.
Comment by: Greg
Wed., Mar. 2, 2011 at 6:55 am EST
Mate, thats really awesome, I also was diagnosed with a co infection, and I find your sucsess really uplifting, as I am pushing my doctors, to assist me in teating the co infection rather that the HIV - Once again congrats.
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