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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.

Join The Conversation
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
as for anon, why so stingy with sympathy? most people have larger hearts than yours and can afford sympathy and love and other good feelings for everybody
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
i wish more + people were more open, it would remove the stigma this disease has. it's not even the worst disease out there, and it's not a death sentence either
cirrus1701 cirrus1701 7 years
This isn't about deserving anything. Nobody deserves to have something like this happen at all!!! Let's be crystal clear on that. Does he bear some amount of responsibility for his situation? Yep. He said it himself that he was afraid that his lover would leave if he asked for a condom. Sorry. That doesn't fly. My heart breaks for #livingwithhiv. He made the wrong choice and got saddled with the horrifying consequences. I would have so much more respect for him if he would just say, "Don't be stupid like me. If you love each other, wear the condoms. The consequences are too severe for even just one time of unprotected fun."
chillchic chillchic 7 years
Such an touching story. It reminds me of when a guy with HIV came to speak at my high school. You can really feel all the emotions that he went through.
ladonnahib ladonnahib 7 years
ladonnahib ladonnahib 7 years
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