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An HIV long-term survivor reflecting on the past 40 years of being HIV+.
I was diagnosed with HIV so long ago that it’s hard to imagine living without it at this point. An overview of my mortal journey.
Since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the US, there have been an estimated 700,000+ deaths. A little over a year into COVID? 600,000.
Vice’s ’HIV: The Neglected Pandemic’ took a look back at 40 years of HIV. And the two-hour long special failed to mention hemophilia once.
It’s World Hemophilia Day! And I am sharing a couple of my most fantastic bleeding episodes of all-time. Enjoy!
April 8th marks Ryan White’s passing. I look back at a column I wrote 7 years after he died, unaware of how he would soon change my life.
I’d been worried about my parents getting vax’d, because I know they have reservations about medicine. Likely because of my experiences.
Life with hemophilia hasn’t always been easy, and the rare bleeding disorder was a gateway condition to HIV and hepatitis.
Plus, advocates in Canada want health officials there to also allow more gay and bi men to donate blood.
As someone diagnosed with HIV as a child who is now midway through his 40s, the tell-tale signs of aging are beginning to appear.
Kindness from nurses changed my attitude about hospitals when I was a kid, which came in handy when HIV entered my life.
Though I’m a casual Star Wars fan at best, May the 4th inspired me to think of a few of the true heroes in my life.
How being a rare helped me care.
Ryan White won over even the most homophobic of conservatives in the 1980s while advocating for equality for the treatment of all with HIV.
I contracted HIV in the 80s via tainted blood. I don’t blame gay men. I don’t blame homeless people or prisoners who donated blood, either.
Mike Dewine saw the threat posed by coronavirus and acted fast. His history with HIV shows why.
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