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African Americans Tell Their Stories About HIV in a New Book

An Interview With Gil Robertson

    "We were going to stick by my brother as he went through this journey with HIV; there was never any question, never a hesitation."
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    "Shame on those families -- on anyone -- who takes love, and takes the bond of family, so lightly that they would use something like HIV to diminish another person, a person that they supposedly love!"
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    "It is really time for Americans as a nation, and black America in particular, to come to grips with the fact that HIV and AIDS is not a disease that you can run away from. You can't negotiate it, you can't out talk it. It's something that we have to face and deal with if we're ever going to solve this problem."
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    "I think because of my project, because of _Not in My Family,_ because of efforts put forth by the CDC and by Balm in Gilead and Black AIDS Institute, there's a greater awareness, a greater understanding that HIV needs to be addressed."
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    "The only camp where we just didn't get any answer at all regarding being included in the book were, unfortunately, by and large from the world of athletics and also from the world of hip hop."
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    "People who aren't willing to look at the world as it really is shouldn't pick up the book. This is about us not wanting to paint a pretty picture or put on rose-colored glasses. It's about us really wanting to confront the facts and realities associated with HIV"
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    Gil Robertson IV
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    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.