"I myself am guilty 100 percent of isolating myself at times and have been doing this since I was a child," writes Christina Carta. "It has led to depression, agoraphobia and anxiety. When I was diagnosed with HIV it made it so much worse."
When Davidoff had some friends over for her husband's birthday, she didn't plan to disclose her HIV status, but then ... "BAM right in the middle of pineapple birthday cake, the truth was out there. It got awkward for a second, then we began the stor...
To Duran's surprise, coming out to his family as gay wasn't as difficult a process as he had anticipated. One of his eldest aunts became his biggest supporter. But sharing his HIV status felt like a different matter.
"Disclosing one's HIV status is a very personal decision, especially to one's parents," Middleton writes. "But disclosing my status to my parents turned out to be one of the best things I ever did."
"I'm not going back into the HIV closet," vows Christian, after experiencing workplace HIV stigma. "I'm not quitting a job that combines my love for filmmaking and youth development."
David Duran shares this letter not only only because he still struggles with the right words to use each time he discloses, but also for others to read and understand the thought process when disclosing HIV status.
"There was a brief second of silence followed by the loudest scream I had ever heard in my life. You would have thought I told her the world was ending and I was the one delivering the catastrophic blow," Josh writes.
"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.
"I was so in love with her amd she was in love with me too." Tim says. "She could have been my one shot at true love. I am still filled with regret that I was the reason we broke up."
Charlie Sheen's Disclosure Brings Exploitation of HIV-Positive People to Light: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton
"The exploitation of people living with HIV is not a new phenomenon. I have heard countless stories of how a person will hold that information over a former friend's or ex-lover's head," Laxton says.