Thank you, Metta, for sharing this video.
I sit here in bittersweet tears at my keyboard.
Tears of pain. Tears of hope.
It's like I just watched a scene out of the story of my life.
Painfully, and all too often my gift of honest, proactive disclosure has been met with rejection. but, perhaps it was just more common in the past to reject somebody who was HIV positive. There were some very dark times since I learned about my status back in 1984.
Rejection always hurts, for whatever reason we are rejected. You never get used to it, but you just reason that the person who rejected you wasn't worthy of what you have to offer anyway.
It is my hope that young people today will first and foremost be smart about the risks that take during sex and take reasonable and appropriate measures to prevent HIV infection in the first place. This is my greatest hope for young people because I never want any person to live the life and feel the rejection from being HIV positive.
But, if you already are HIV positive, know that you can live a long, healthy and happy life filled with love. I have. Its been over 29 years since I learned about my HIV positive status and I'm probably in the best shape of my life.
It is also my hope that young people today will, like the couple in the video, like my first lover and I, be serodiscordant AND share love. To this day, my first lover is still HIV negative even after our relationship transitioned to a friendship over 23 years ago.
Know your status.
Govern yourself accordingly.
And, whatever you do don't ever give up hope for living and loving.
Aloha and Be Well!