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A Place Called Home

Cross-posted at The Body to commemorate World AIDS Day.
Searching for a new place is never easy. After spending several fruitless months looking for a bedroom to rent in San Francisco, I stumbled upon my …

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Hookin’ Up!

I’d like to reclaim the phrase, “Hookin’ up”.
Since when did hookin’ up mean fuckin’ up?
Because the only fuckin’ up I see…
Is how my people aren’t allowed to fuck!
Now, don’t get me …

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World AIDS Day 2009

Stigma and discrimination is the single most critically overlooked issue in the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS. In spite of recent anti-HIV/AIDS awareness and sexual health campaigns, youth continue to contract HIV at disproportionately higher rates …

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One Year Anniversary

It has been close to a year now since I was infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. These past 12 months have meant numerous hospital visits, more than all the trips in my life combined. …

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‘I Infected Him’

i remember the first time
i infected him
he was scared
his face
half-met mine
he couldn’t look me
in the eyes
so
when he could barely speak
his name
i nervously just laughed
he …

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World AIDS Day 2008

It has been a little more than a year and half since I tested HIV-positive and I wonder, what does World AIDS Day signify, what does it mean to me? As the HIV/AIDS epidemic steadily …

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Dating and HIV

Dating has been a touchy subject for me ever I tested HIV+ half a year ago.
It was difficult enough meeting people before my diagnosis, and after I found out, I thought it would …

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When I found out about me

In February 2007, I received a call from my primary care, who’s an amazing family nurse practitioner in SF. It was just about 5PM and I was driving in my car. He’s asking …

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Life is What You Make of It

A choice lay before me. I could surrender to AIDS, or I could defy the insurmountable odds and fight for the life I deserved. Whether I had five years or fifty years no longer mattered. I would squeeze every ounce of life out of whatever lot fate had in store for me.

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Survival of the Foolish and What I’ve Learned

People living with HIV can build long, thriving, and productive lives. And in doing so, we undermine the notion of HIV as some fearsome pestilence and instead promote an empowering vision of hope.

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