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Magic, HIV and Me: A Retrospective! Part Two: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

Magic, HIV and Me: A Retrospective! Part Two: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

This piece originally appeared in Rae's blog, Diva Living With AIDS.

Ron stood frozen as I rambled on. He was a gentle man with a big heart and a solid commitment to what was right and fair in the world. That was one of the reasons I had chosen to t...

Betsy Yung Shares Her Story: A Blog Entry by Robert Breining Img

Betsy Yung Shares Her Story: A Blog Entry by Robert Breining

"Hindsight being what it is, she realized that she had numerous warning signs over the previous few years: shingles, thrush, [ulcerative colitis] and swollen glands," says Robert Breining of Betsy Yung, who he recently interviewed on POZIAM Radio. "N...

Magic, HIV and Me: A Retrospective! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

Magic, HIV and Me: A Retrospective! A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

This piece originally appeared in Rae's blog, Diva Living With AIDS.

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Magic Johnson's announcement that he was HIV infected. The world was buzzing, even in my home. At the time I was sharing a house with Jesse Ja...

Dis Honesty: A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn Img

Dis Honesty: A Blog Entry by fogcityjohn

It's another first date for fogcityjohn -- and another occasion for him to wonder why he's so quick to disclose his HIV status so early. "As soon as the words were out of my mouth ... I could see it was a deal breaker," he writes. "Alex's discomfort ...

Disclosure: An Intensely Personal Decision -- A Blog Entry by Frankie Ninja Img

Disclosure: An Intensely Personal Decision -- A Blog Entry by Frankie Ninja

Disclosing your HIV status may not be for everyone, but for Frankie Ninja, it has a specific purpose. "I don't really fit into any stereotype," he explains. "I am a father, an aircraft mechanic, conservative and Christian. Yet, I am bi and live in Sa...

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Personal Perspective: Staying in the Game, Despite the Odds

I never lived the perfect life my family wanted. I always had bigger visions for myself even if they didn't agree with me. And over the years I've dealt with all the madness that life has put in front of me.

When I was a teenager my brother found ou...

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Word on the Street: Experiences Disclosing One's HIV Status

It’s been said that the intense focus on privacy in many Latino communities creates a “veil of secrecy” around HIV, making it profoundly difficult for many individuals to be open about their status. Here, Latinos living with HIV/AIDS – from all walks …

Facebook Put My Life Together Again: A Blog by Mark S. King Img

Facebook Put My Life Together Again: A Blog by Mark S. King

"When I finally put a stop to my exhausting existence of lies and fakery that accompanied my drug addiction, I knew that in order to live a life of integrity I would need to be the same Mark for every person in my life," blogger Mark S. King recalls....

Love in the Time of HIV: A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith Img

Love in the Time of HIV: A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith

"Since getting diagnosed as HIV positive in 2006, I have made it a priority to be open about my status," Justin B. Terry-Smith writes. And although at times that public disclosure has been difficult, on balance he feels his life is better for it. In ...

Ignorance and My Beauty Salon Experience: The Time to Educate Can Happen When You Least Expect! A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img

Ignorance and My Beauty Salon Experience: The Time to Educate Can Happen When You Least Expect! A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

When Maria took herself to the salon, she was looking forward to a day filled with primping and pampering. Instead, she found herself educating the stylists after she overheard an ignorant comment one of them made about AIDS. While, Maria is not usua...