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A Poem by Justin

April 2011

My name is Justin and I found out I was positive in 1991. My boyfriend told me he tested negative, and in this very unusual case, his fear of getting his test results brought out a multiple personality that had developed in him when he was raped at age 13 by an uncle (long story). That other personality took him over and got the results that painful day. A couple of years later he was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, after a complete breakdown. He came to me in tears and asked for my forgiveness because he didn't know he was positive.

Some of you might think he was lying to me. But both his doctors and I know he was telling the truth. The most important thing is that people learn it is up to you to take responsibility to be safe. And yes, it is very hard and scary to stop what you're doing and tell someone you're positive. Yes, it truly ruins the moment, but trying to tell them later, if they end up being someone special in your life, is even harder and you can lose it all.

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Comment by: gda12 (ny) Mon., Mar. 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm EST
dvicate for the clinic and hiv/aids community resources. thanks for listening
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Comment by: Joe (San Diego) Sat., Apr. 16, 2011 at 9:24 am EDT
Thank you, Justin.
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Comment by: Justin (San Diego, CA) Wed., Apr. 20, 2011 at 11:25 am EDT
You're welcome.


Comment by: Anonymous Sat., Apr. 16, 2011 at 2:34 am EDT
Having HIV isnt an easy thing at all-The shock of having the disease isnt soemthing we want someone else to experience.
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Comment by: Justin (San Diego, CA) Wed., Apr. 20, 2011 at 11:35 am EDT
Your absolutely right. However, after 20 years I now almost forget that I have it and probably would entirely if I didn't have the meds to take every day. Now I am more bothered by my hair going gray, me being the oldest guy at every dance party, and being alone in my old age.
None of which are caused by my HIV status. Maybe I can deal with them better because of my HIV experience.
I find that being Positive doesn't any longer define my life, it defines my character.

Thanks for sharing.


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