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Scott was the guy most high school and college students didn't want to hear about.

He was 19. He had AIDS.

He could have been you.

Or your boyfriend.


He was the guy whose very life said that none of us can live in a state of denial. When his best friend Will came home from basic training to visit him, they talked about motorizing Scott's wheelchair. About the next double date they'd have. Then they talked about the funeral.


Within weeks a fast moving, untreatable, AIDS related brain disease called PML took his limbs, his ability to speak and his future away from him. Then, it took his life.


Scott wasn't quick to tell people how he was exposed to HIV. He used to say with a smile, "I was exposed to HIV through an infusion. So was everyone else who has AIDS. Think of how many ways there are to be infused with a virus and you won't feel so removed from risk."

Scott's point was that you can have AIDS at 19. His sincere hope was that you won't. Scott quit college in October. He had to.

Scott passed away in early December, just over a year later.

Scott on cigarette hill and his thoughts about death.

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