In 2008 I was diagnosed with HIV. Boy, was I in for a ride. After a few years and countless experiences, I came to terms with my status. The next step was trying to empower other HIV positive men and women. The stigma and shame attached to this illness is very dominant in present day society and I hope through my disclosure, I can change that. I'll be sharing written stories and videos of things I've learned along the way that may help others. I hope through this blog we can embrace conversation on the topic of HIV and AIDS. The reason I called my blog "My Liberating Curse" is because after years living in fear of catching the chronic illness, I caught it -- and in a way, it set me free. One of the worst things I thought could happen to me happened, and years later here I am, happy and liberated from many mental restrictions. The virus changed my view on life and for that I am very thankful. However it is a curse in a way, because I still have to disclose my status constantly, resulting in rejection, stigma, and fear. Still, this does not impede my life from being any less fulfilling, as I will show you.
Latest by Eric Trujillo
"Shortly after being diagnosed HIV positive, I disclosed my new HIV status to my mother. Luckily I got the reaction I needed which was that of a supportive parent," Eric writes.
After My HIV Disclosure, Reality Show Says I No Longer Fit the Criteria: A Video Blog by Eric Trujillo
What's it like to go through months of calls and emails to get on a reality show -- and then find out you "no longer fit the criteria" after revealing your HIV status? Eric Trujillo speaks out.
"You may think courtesy and rapport isn't essential to the patient/provider relationship, but trust me, it is! You don't want a provider who says 'Do you even speak English?' with a condescending tone, or a provider who sighs every time you catch an ...