Wednesday, July 18, 2007

HIV & My Partner - An anonymous Letter

AIDS in the family
"...My partner and best friend of 10 years died May 19, 2006 at the age of 47. He was about 27 years old when he was diagnosed with HIV.

I want people to know how courageous he was, how he lived for almost half his life with the stigma of HIV/AIDS, with copious medications and all their complications and side-effects, sometimes with the unkind judgment of small minds, with the ever present prospect of death.

He was courageous because he refused to be defined or defeated by a diagnosis. He was courageous because he insisted on life. He was vital, honest, passionate, loving, funny, angry, opinionated, impulsive, articulate, compassionate, charming and damned good looking. It's how he lived his life. He was a wonderfully strong person, whom I was glad and proud to have in my life. ..."

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Anonymous Bruce said...

"...the unkind judgment of small minds", this is so true: Some folks actually still believe that AIDS is God's rightful punishment for being gay - outrageous! Thanks for posting this letter. My lover died in January. He was such an inspiration to everyone around him and a beacon of strength til the end. I miss him terribly and always will.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 6:17:00 PM  

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