"I’m choosing to live— and live is what HIV stigma doesn’t want me to do. I get it— I’m a newbie in the HIV-positive world. I’ve only been diagnosed for just under two years and honestly, I haven’t had the same effects, probably, that some of the other, wiser long-term survivors may have endured… But my naive mindset that keeps me smiling and moving.
And— it’s working! HIV stigma sucks. I came out about my journey living with HIV. Because “living” with HIV is exactly what I’ve decided to do.”
Prescription Against Stigma
Aundaray Guess reminds us why pharmacies can and should be an invaluable part of any HIV support system & why, despite fears of stigma, he chooses to go local instead of filling his rx’s at impersonal chain stores.
National HIV Coming Out Day?
Michael Kaplan, the CEO and president of AIDS United, proposed a National HIV Coming Out Day “to create a movement of people living with HIV that changes the national discourse.” Putting familiar faces to the virus, he says, will help combat stigma and raise awareness.
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"I settled for a while on the back patio, carefully dabbing the magazine covers and giving the crowd inside some relief from the excitement of my presence. I wondered if the Kardashians ever had to dry their own magazines. I suddenly realized how very alike we are, those girls and I. Well, maybe not Kim. Unlike her, my sex video was a crystal meth-induced camera phone escapade that I have refused to commercialize. No, Khloe is my true soul mate. The sassy one."
Even if you have read the piece, I would encourage you to visit the comments section on the POZ site — now with over 100 comments that will inspire you, anger you, and break your heart.
Blogging Your HIV
“I would have to say one of the greatest tools to help me live with HIV has been the ability to write and share my experience of how it is to live with this disease… by blogging I found a way to express my feelings and create a community of people who could either identify what I was going through or find knowledge of how it was to live with HIV.
Expressing ourselves has many healthy benefits and leads you to a greater place of wellness and acceptance of your HIV status”
-Aundaray Guess, Poz contributor, on how to start blogging.
The Night Don Lemon Hugged Me
We talked about HIV stigma and Madonna lighting. He shared a story of seeing an AIDS patient on a New York City street years ago. I interjected my new favorite topic, the injustice of HIV criminalization. We were two very different men comfortable in our own skin, who refused to allow shame a place at the table.
Read more of Mark S. King’s blog : http://blogs.poz.com/marksking/2012/12/don_lemon.html