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Hiv And Coming Out Of The Closet

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Day One With HIV: "Coming Out of the Second Closet"

Jason McDonald I am ashamed to admit that I, like so many gay men, buried my head in the sand when it came to HIV. Like many in the gay community, I too had become fatigued with hearing about safe sex, HIV, AIDS, etc. I subconsciously, but... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

District of Columbia: Meth Comes Out of the Closet

District health officials are launching a crystal methamphetamine education, counseling and treatment campaign in response to the growing number of gay residents who use the libido-enhancing drug, some while cruising for sex. Whitman-Walker Clinic,... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

To Return to the Closet, or Not?

Recently I came to the startling realization that working at TPAN for the past six years has sheltered me from the world outside of HIV. There aren't many work environments on earth where conversations around the water cooler can range from the joys... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Coming out of closet, but need help, HIV risk! Will make donation.

Hi Dr. Bob,This was my first non-heterosexual experience and I don;t want it to be my last, but I'm scared.I wrote to you a few days a go, but I know how many questions you must get asked. Please, I'm begging just for a moment of your...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Very Worried,1. No risk.2. See link to post below regarding hepatitis C. You are not at risk for delayed seroconversion.3. Yes.Thanks for your support of The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation ( It's warmly... Read more »

Thank you for saving my life. (COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET, 2009)

Dr. Bob-In response to: you for the encouraging words and I appreciate your candor. I totally see your point about the 'less-than-tolerant' family and friends. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,This is an HIV information Web site and consequently guiding you through your coming out process is beyond the scope of this forum. There are many books on the topic and as a social psychology doctoral candidate you should be able to do your own... Read more »


in response to thank you very much for responding to my query with detail and concern, I appreciate it.I will report back on the three month mark with my results. I am wondering,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Your story is quite similar to many I receive. The "I can't come out because my situation is so unique" story actually applies to almost every gay person in the universe, except for maybe a few flamers in the rightwing GOP... Read more »

Slowly coming out of the closet +donation for some words of advice

Hi, I'm 17 and little by little I've been inching my way out of the closet. It's hard because I have a lot of guilt;my religion. And so, this guilt has turned into fear and the fear is HIV. My grandmother says that HIV is to punish...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey there Closet-Guy,I'm sure Granny means well, but when it comes to compassion, science or even common sense concerning HIV and being gay, she is obviously suffering from cranio-rectal-inversion. (That means she has her head up her butt.) As... Read more »
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Going back into the HIV closet.

Posted by Mike_B, 5 Replies
I started being more open about my HIV status about a year ago. I thought it would help with my guilt and shame. It hasn't. On the contrary, I feel more isolated and alone than ever. Therefore, I am going back "into the closet" with my HIV. ... Read more »

Ok, I'm out of the closet, my story

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Ok, at first, hi to all!

Followed this forum for a while.

My case, unprotected vaginal and oral sex with a female at
my age. I got chlamydia, which was cured in two weeks after exposure. No other exposures after that.

And damn, that was the easy part!... Read more »

Closet dwellers. What makes us tick?

Posted by Hi_Im_Jason, 2 Replies
Thanks to all the people that read and responded to my post. It gives me great comfort to know that this is a place I can express myself and get constructive feedback. The forum is also a place I can come to when I want to belong!

Whether we spend... Read more »

How long does the ARS last ? Does all symptoms comes at once or it comes one after another ?

Posted by Iampanicked, 1 Reply
Even though there was stomach discomfort for 20 days post 4 weeks post exposure. My other ARS like symptoms have been going on for the last 4 weeks though its severities have reduced a lot. I would like to know whether all the symptoms comes at... Read more »