Joshua, CEO of the California non-profit Pozitive Hope, Inc., was diagnosed with HIV at twenty-two and has since used his perspective as a heterosexual male living with HIV to help make an impact in the lives of others. He is a passionate outspoken advocate for both HIV issues and mental health awareness. He encourages others to allow their condition(s) to refine them rather than define them. He is fluent in Spanish, a full-time college student pursuing a masters in social work and aspires to defy the odds by one day becoming a commercial airline pilot. Your questions, opinions, letters and suggestions are welcome at pozitivehope1@
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"I would have loved to have been a dad someday, but then, I was diagnosed with HIV," is an all-too-common statement shared by men living with HIV, but times are changing, writes Josh Middleton.
"No longer am I driven by fear but rather passion, just as it should be," writes Josh Middleton. "When in a serodiscordant relationship, it has proved to be a game changer."
"It's easy to get overwhelmed" with HIV advocacy and life, reflects Josh Middleton. "But never lose sight of hope. We must support one another to truly be effective and help others in the process."
Josh Middleton calls Trump's HIV policy "a blind coin toss with the outcome unknown," and wonders why he hasn't yet acknowledged the over 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S.
"To those of us who are not Latinx, I urge you to put the term 'si se puede' to use by uniting with our Hispanic brothers and sisters to look beyond our differences and break the stigma," writes Josh Middleton.
"We don't just let doctors treat us," explains Josh Middleton. "We have to teach them how we want to be treated."
"It's a cruise that I look forward to every year," Josh Middleton writes. "To have the opportunity to connect with others within the HIV community, as well as the LGBT community, is an amazing experience."
"As someone who is in a mixed-status relationship where treatment as prevention (TaSP) is our chosen form of protection, I felt it was important to participate in the Undetectable = Uninfectious project," Josh Middleton writes.