"AIDS told me to crawl under a rock, today I am the rock."
"The nurse, in a very low tone, said 'you have tested positive for HIV.' I had no words. She asked if I was OK. I remember thinking, 'who asks a person a question like that?'"
"When they gave me the news, I was in shock, the word 'positive' was the last thing I was expecting."
As a non-injection drug user, non-promiscuous heterosexual, contracting HIV was the least of Joshua Middleton's worries.
Mark S. King reflects on the anniversary of his HIV diagnosis and tells you about his collaboration with the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Hearing the expected, positive result, "My calmness transitioned to numbness. I was no longer controlling my composure; it was rigid and holding itself up. I said, 'Well, that sucks,' and chuckled."
"One of the few things I've learned in life is that if you stay positive and constantly ask the universe, eventually you do get what you want," Steven Williams writes.
"With the opportunity before me to have a family, I've never been so open and proud to take on anything in my life," Charles Shazor Jr. writes.
Desiring Intimacy After an HIV Diagnosis, in a Time More Naked Than Sexy: A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad
"It was so liberating when I rediscovered how to be intimate after my HIV diagnosis," Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad writes. "I remember looking at someone I found attractive and daring to flirt again."
"Telling my story is about much more than just HIV education and awareness," Kalvin Leveille writes. "It is the first step for many toward healing and addressing an epidemic of silence."