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The U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy got Enrique Franco kicked out of the Army. It also, oddly, was the reason he found out he was HIV positive.

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The Voiceless Message: A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

Alright, let me start off by saying I do NOT regret expressing what I stated before in my last blog entry on PrEP -- MY personal OPINION on such a sensitive matter within our LGBT community, whether HIV poz or not. I wrote what I thought needed to be...

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And the Hits Just Keep on Coming: A Negative Opinion on PrEP -- A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

I have been reading and viewing a lot of videos on how PrEP has become the new "condom." Gay men everywhere are openly saying that it's OK to engage in bareback sex with HIV-positive men so long as you take PrEP on a regular basis. These guys sound w...

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Like a Bird on a Perch: A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

"I remember sitting there and asking myself why and HOW did I let this happen to me? But then I shifted to thinking OK, this is MY life. I gotta start taking control of this all."

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When Everything Seems to Be Failing: A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

"Having and living with HIV is simplistic and warming compared to all of the other crap that seems to be surrounding our lives. "

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HIV as the Norm: A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

"Nowadays the only thing that sort of upsets me is the fact that I have to live with my HIV In some small ways this virus still limits me in doing some things."

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Silence Equals Death

"Yes, my struggles and life story have some significant hardships, but they are nothing to what my predecessors had to go through. These leaders in our community are who I am VERY proud of."

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Hold the Line

As an action-packed year for the HIV/AIDS community draws to a close, TheBody.com takes stock of 2010 in a new series of articles, "HIV/AIDS Year in Review: Looking Back on 2010 (and Ahead to 2011)." Read the entire series here.

The year 2010 is com...

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Remembering Yesterday: A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

"HIV didn't take away my normality. If anything, it has put a stamp on it," writes Enrique Franco. In this blog entry, he remembers what life was like before his diagnosis, and how HIV shaped who he has become. "Has HIV stopped me from the partying, ...

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Is There "Something Greater" Out There? A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

For the past several weeks there has been a question lingering in my mind. It's been rattling off and on, on and off. To me, it doesn't matter if I ever get an answer to this question. It also doesn't matter if I get the correct answer. I just need t...

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The Other Pink Elephant in the Room: A Blog Entry by Enrique Franco

I'm not talking about the HIV, but about people ashamed or scared about getting tested. It is an unspoken subject throughout many homes in America, and throughout the world. No matter what cultural community you are in, people refuse to get even TEST...