This blog is simply my view points of my life as a gay black man living with HIV for 23 years-thus the title 20 plus. But I'm more than the disease. I'm more than gay. I'm more than black. I'm more than a man. But they all combine for me to share my experiences.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Those Were the Days
It’s sometimes difficult for me to believe but as I come upon my 28th year of living with HIV, I’ve come to realize I’m part of a special group. Not only am I considered a long-termer but I also consider myself part of what I call, the generation of ‘First Wavers of HIV’. I define this term as those who have been exposed to HIV since it’s discovery in the 80’s and early 90’s. For those unaware, it was an interesting time, to say the least. There were many firsts that those newly diagnosed couldn’t comprehend. It was a time of fear, not knowing what exactly this virus was and how to stop the spread . Accusations and conspiracy theories were given life. People were blaming the virus on everything, Haitians, the government, African monkeys and even a flight attendant. The way people had sex was transformed as everyone was now suspect, especially gay men. And although over the years some things have changed, sadly the fear and stigma of HIV remains the same............(to read the rest of this entry please go to my new blog home) 20+ is now on WordPress at http://aundaray.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/those-were-the-days/