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Mental Illness, HIV and Stigma Img

Mental Illness, HIV and Stigma

"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."

Oops, I Outed Myself: A Blog Entry by Brooke Davidoff Img

Oops, I Outed Myself: A Blog Entry by Brooke Davidoff

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...

David Duran (far right) and family. (Courtesy of David Duran)

As a Latino Gay Man With HIV, My Internal Shame Started at Home

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.

Josh Middleton and parents

A Parent's Love Knows No Bounds: Disclosing to My Parents -- A Blog Entry by Josh Middleton

"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."

A Long December, Part One: A Blog Entry by Christian Kiley Img

A Long December, Part One: A Blog Entry by Christian Kiley

"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."

An Open Letter to My Future Sex Partners Img

An Open Letter to My Future Sex Partners

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.

A Scream of Dismay: Disclosure After Diagnosis Img

A Scream of Dismay: Disclosure After Diagnosis

"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.

Telling My Mother I'm HIV Positive: A Video Blog Entry by Eric Trujillo Img

Telling My Mother I'm HIV Positive: A Video Blog Entry 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.

This Apology Has Been Long Overdue: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse Img

This Apology Has Been Long Overdue: A Blog Entry by Tim Hinkhouse

"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 Img

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.