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Talking Cure, Stigma and Dating on BigThink.com

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ethanwilson

Thank you Regan,and thank you again and again. I am a huge fan of your work and your writing. I'm scared though,very scared,just like so many others who are positive. We do need to keep fighting in any way that we can for the Cure. What scares me the most,is the negativity against us for even wishing or hoping or working towards a cure. Your article From Mice into men was so very important,Regan. It has given us even more to work on and believe in. I am positive,but I am able to recieve meds. I also have a supportive family/friends. But what scares me are the people who do NOT have this. I want a Cure for them. To take away stigma, to take away their pain, to take away their fear, to take away the prejudice.If we did not have people like you or Tim Horn,then i couldn't hope and dream for a Cure.

March 21, 2011

bud hardy

Regan and POZ have done a great job of putting a great face on HIV. I feel more people need to put their heterosexual HIV face out there; particularly celebrities and others with high name-face recognition. It is far more difficult to find, muchless maintain a sero-discordant relationship between two heterosexuals; largely due to stigmas and the desire to procreate. HIV positive heterosexuals, more so men, are viewed as IVDUs or as bisexual.

December 15, 2010

Cynthia

If you ever need a patient to try this stem cell thing on, let me know. I am so tired of taking pills and would love to give others infected hope.

December 4, 2010

Alex

Hi there! my name is Alex, and I was diagnosed in 1994. My question to you is related to datting. Did u or not fealt any rejection when u tell that special person? for myself I have fealt rejected at time. Since, my datting days were over. Sad, because I'm told that I'm a good looking men. I did try the hiv datting site, and what I'm finding out, its very hard to connect when u can't find anyone with the attraction. Don't get me wrong, but most of the time I get any reply, they from russia or usa and gay man. Where r the one from Canada? I guess stigma is the key word for "undiscloser" for Canadians who lives with hiv.

December 2, 2010

James Barr

Hi, Having listened to your video on the subject of HIV I found it very interesting, I myself have been HIV positive since 1991, thats nearly 2o years, I have had one AIDs defineing illness (PCP) but I beat this and to date I am still going strong ,My viral load is and has been undetectable for many years now, the only down fall is lipodystrophy wich has made me look like a real life jabba the hut but I don't bother what people think or say anymore. Like yourself i found it very hard to date, but I plucked up the courage and I have been with my partner for over 8 years, he is not HIV positive and the understanding that he gave to me was overwhelming, I am glad that you have also found the courage to say that you are HIV positive, I am now 51 yrs of age and I was 31yrs when I was told that I had this illness,there is many advancements on this illness and like yourself I am extremly hopeful that one day this illness will be beaten,peole who give up far to easily really need to sit down and talk to someone as live is still worth living, there are a lot more worse illnesses than HIV. People who judge those who have this illness should be very aware that it Could happen to them and then what would they say or feel, any way thank you for an open and frank video,please take care and enjoy the holidays. Seasons greetings James.

December 2, 2010

dbinnj

Thanks for an inspiring and insightful video. You've expressed, clearly to me, the best reason for being open and out about my POZ status. Through I don't think often about dating again or being in another LTR (at 50 GM - my odds are less than an old dog being adopted at the pound) however you offer a strong position for revealing status up front - rather than waiting for the 2nd or 3rd (non sexual) date. Thanks for all you do.

December 2, 2010

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