"Being an '80s kid/'90s teen means that my value system is dictated by how I was indoctrinated. Namely, that HIV is the very worst thing you could ever get."
Making the decision to disclose your HIV status is a big deal -- so why not do it in a big way? Nolan Hill used YouTube as a way to tell his enthralling story of coming out as gay and HIV positive.
"Michael James," a heterosexual man living with HIV, discusses how, when living with HIV, not everyone can be an activist or even open with his status. Is the reward of being open worth the risk?
This Again? New Opportunities to Disclose My HIV Status (or Not): A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
"How central is AIDS to my identity? It certainly is an inescapable and significant part of my life, but I have endeavored to keep it in its place. "
What if the day you were diagnosed was also the day that all your coworkers discovered your status -- and you weren't the one to disclose?
Every time a woman discloses her HIV status, she plays a big part in furthering the truth: that women also become HIV positive, and live, struggle and thrive with HIV. But disclosure is a big decision, not to be taken lightly.
"The concept of disclosing one's HIV status is something that can bring much fear and pain. For me the disclosure to my sexual partner was far from easy but it was necessary."
1992 was supposed to be a great year for me. I had just graduated from college with my nursing degree. I was ready to take on the world. I had chosen to focus on critical care nursing and found a job at my local hospital in the Intensive Care unit. I...
"He snuggles his face into my neck and says, 'I think this works.' I'm all smiles and say, 'I do too.' And he says, 'As long as you don't tell anyone we are together, because of the AIDS, you know?'"
From "Just*in Time," Justin's column in A&U Magazine, America's AIDS Magazine.
_Justin I am struggling because I recently found out that my boyfriend tested positive for HIV during our relationship. It has been six months to date since this happen...