"In order to live well, we must cast off the negative views, words and actions of those who try to shame us into silence and instead use them to renew our determination to live our lives."
"I suppose that is one of the harder memories of the past for me," says Scottie: "to know that so many I knew are gone and I have been allowed for whatever reason to still be here."
If I constantly look back on what could or should have been, "I'm failing to look forward at 'what might just be,' and what dreams and hopes for a good life are still mine."
Harold Scott wonders if people living with HIV should begin to contemplate the possibility of a life without HIV, writing "how or could we go back to our pre-diagnosis lives?"
"I have found through my own experience that religious groups have failed to offer compassion, care and inclusion to those of us living with HIV/AIDS," Harold Scott writes.
"HIV/AIDS is definitely a touchy subject," Harold Scott writes. "My part in it all has been to live with it as best I can and to bring it out into the open so that it will not stay hidden."
"Over the course of twenty-five years, I have come to terms with being infected with HIV and of having progressed to an AIDS diagnosis," Harold R. "Scottie" Scott writes.
Harold "Scottie" Scott has lived in rural Tennessee all his life. "But, while on this HIV journey, my life has interconnected with those across the United States and in some cases around the world," he writes.
"As Thanksgiving Day arrives and passes this year, be thankful for life, even if it seems you are struggling to make sense of it," Harold R. "Scottie" Scott writes.
"Many young people I talk to about HIV/AIDS today feel, and have even stated, that if they become infected, all they'd have to do is take a pill or two and all would be fine," Harold "Scottie" Scott writes. "What they do not consider is how, or if, t...