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You Can Be Heard, Without Feeling You Have to Disclose Your HIV Status: A Blog Entry by Jeannie Wraight Img

You Can Be Heard, Without Feeling You Have to Disclose Your HIV Status: A Blog Entry by Jeannie Wraight

"The consequences of coming out as HIV positive will be YOUR consequences. You have to live with them. Don't feel pressured by a sense of responsibility to other people with HIV," AIDS advocate Jeannie Wraight urges. She provides three key pieces of ...

Are There More ... Like Me? A Blog Entry by Rev. Andrena Ingram Img

Are There More ... Like Me? A Blog Entry by Rev. Andrena Ingram

"Each time someone comes out, it breaks down the wall of stigma surrounding HIV. It makes it easier for 'someone' to get tested. There is strength in numbers. However, not everyone is able to do this. There are those for whom coming out would be a ...

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Personal Perspective: Dating and Disclosing

In this day and age, with HIV being so common in the gay community, I would think that talking about your HIV status would be a normal part of dinner date conversation. But talking about it while dating can still be taboo and awkward. I know it can b...

HIV Changes Everything: A Blog Entry by Bob Leahy Img

HIV Changes Everything: A Blog Entry by Bob Leahy

HIV is "no picnic for many," says Bob Leahy, a onetime banker turned AIDS activist and prolific, thoughtful writer. "For some of us though, the lucky ones, HIV has been a good thing. ... It's made us make something of our lives." Bob's new blog compl...

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Pennsylvania: Enjoying Disclosure's Freedom

"I had always been a carefree, happy, spiritual, and truthful person. But after I got HIV from my boyfriend 11 years ago, I stopped feeling like myself. I was doing well physically, my CD-4 count was above 1,100 (and rising), and my viral load was un...

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Enjoying Disclosure's Freedom

I had always been a carefree, happy, spiritual and truthful person. But after I got HIV from my boyfriend 11 years ago, I stopped feeling like myself. I was doing well physically: My CD-4 count was above 1,100 (and rising), and my viral load was unde...

Secrets Are Not Always Worth Keeping: A Blog Entry by Teniecka Drake Img

Secrets Are Not Always Worth Keeping: A Blog Entry by Teniecka Drake

Why do people sometimes keep secrets? I was talking to a dear friend of mine. There was a dilemma that we discussed. Most of the dilemma revolved around secrets and dishonesty. Going through that myself really made me think: Why keep secrets?

Someti...

Disclosure: From a Son to His Father Img

Disclosure: From a Son to His Father

"I remember the day I disclosed my status to my Dad a little over a year ago," Chris Jones recalls. "I traveled from New York City to Tennessee with a mission in mind: to tell him that I was positive. We were having dinner at a restaurant, black man-...

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Positively Religious

"Growing up in church and being gay was one thing. But when I was diagnosed as being HIV positive in October 2009, I had no place to run but to God," Allen B remembers. "Being HIV positive in church is another story. Being gay in church is the topic ...

Chris Vucetic: FACTS Bucks County -- A Blog Entry by Robert Breining Img

Chris Vucetic: FACTS Bucks County -- A Blog Entry by Robert Breining

On Sunday November 6th, Robert and Jeromy spoke with Chris Vucetic on POZIAM Radio. Chris is a 25 year old male, who has been diagnosed with HIV since September 17, 2008, five days before his 22nd birthday. He had struggled with it from the moment he...