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#Living With HIV: Man Tells His Story on Twitter

Prompted by World AIDS Day yesterday, an HIV positive man who goes by @ChrisMacDen on Twitter decided to share his story in 140 characters or less. After coming across the tweets, which recount emotions ranging from despair, anger, and even joy, I felt like I had a clearer idea of what it must be like to live with HIV. Here are some of the most enlightening tweets:

  • when I found out, I was convinced that I was going to die immediately. I decided to move back home #livingwithhiv
  • I went home for my 10th HS reunion and sat my mother down. I told he(r) I had something to tell her. I have never seen such fear #livingwithhiv
  • I explained that I was living with HIV. She fell into my arms and begged me not to die. I promised her I wouldn't. #livingwithhiv
  • Healthcare plans: fortunate to always have health care. I can never let it lapse b/c I have a pre-existing condition #livingwithhiv
  • @HeyJude408 I have always been out as +. I am out at work. #livingwithhiv
  • Help folks find support. There is so much shame around this disease. I had had ppl tell me I deserved it #livingwithhiv
  • I always tell people that HIV has been the greatest gift I have ever received. I have learned such important things #livingwithhiv

By bringing the public into his world and hopefully making people informed about the realities of HIV/AIDS, @ChrisMacDen has the potential to help the many people facing an unfortunate stigma because they live with the disease. That's definitely worth a retweet.

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