What’s the silliest thing anyone’s said to you about the virus? HIVers recall run-ins with some real April fools
After I learned I was positive in '96, a co-worker said, 'I thought you were smarter than that!'
For her insensitivity, I presented her with the
Leona Helmsley/Dr. Laura Bitch Slap! Award."
"A clerk in a pharmacy
said, 'My new hairdresser is a man, and I think he's gay. Aren't all gay men
infected?' I looked her up and down and said, 'Honey, your hair
looks great, and if you aren't sleeping with him, don't
Wilton Manors, Florida
"When I told a friend I was positive, he said I had been cursed. I
responded, "Cursed because I have HIV, or because I have
"I was starting to tell
a friend about drug-resistance testing, and he
said, 'They can test for that? If people would resist more often, there'd be a lot fewer cases of AIDS, don't you think?'"
"A college student asked me, 'Can I get
HIV from kissing a stripper's butt?'"
Edison, New Jersey
"A guy once asked if I could feel the HIV running around inside my
body. No kidding! It amazes me sometimes how differently
people view HIV from the many other chronic
illnesses out there."
Upper Black Eddy,