Christine finds a great deal of pleasure in people's confusion about
her age and her looks. As an HIV educator for high school and grade school
students, she loves to be told, "You're too pretty to have AIDS"
or, "You're too young to have AIDS."
Christine is a myth buster. She'll answer by saying, "Oh, really??
And how old and unattractive do you have to be to be exposed to HIV?"
She was a food services employee who was relieved of her position by
an otherwise friendly boss. Apparently, he felt that her presence at the
restaurant was a threat to his business because she has AIDS. She busted
that myth when she took work elsewhere, and despite a general community
awareness of her HIV status, she brought a new and money spending clientele
to this new job.
Christine is loved by everyone who knows her. Perhaps this is small consolation
to a woman for whom the biggest of life's gifts is life itself. She feels
that an inadequate women-specific health program has cost her a great deal.
When she hears talk about 'a cure', or 'a vaccine', she feels that it will
be for others and not herself.
Christine wants to live a long and full life. If she does, it will be
in no small part because she alone has paved a way for women with AIDS in
her rural area.
Some of Christine's favorite words
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