By sista

I have a wonderful friend who has been HIV positive for more than 2 decades. Until we met in 2006, I’d never had a close friend with HIV/Aids. I’ve learned from him a lot in a short amount of time. He has graciously allowed me to share his struggles and successes. The thing that struck me most is that there are thousands of people I come in contact everyday who are living with Aids, some know they are…and some do not know. That means that there are thousands of people who know someone with HIV/Aids.

There are:
-People who love someone with HIV/Aids.
-People who have family members with HIV/Aids
-People who may become infected by someone with HIV/Aids.
-People who are afraid and discriminate against those with HIV/Aids.

and various other associations and relationships.

The point is that there is no longer “them and me”…there is simply us. If the government demanded that all citizens get tested for HIV…lots of opinions would change and lots of people would be more passionate and concerned about this preventable disease. I believe that if we just cared a lil more, we would at least be moved to help…even if in the most simple way.

Well, this is my way to help. By creating and promoting this website I hope to introduce people to their fellow human beings who are living with HIV and Aids. I hope you see your brothers and sisters. I hope you see your mother and father. I hope you see your children. I hope you see your friends and the people you love.

I hope that you understand as I do, that people with HIV/Aids are still people. They deserve to be treated like we want to be treated. All the love, hugs, kisses, healthcare, medicine, housing, employment… etc that goes with being you…and being ME.

As you read these stories…embrace what is human, what is universal, and let it affect your opinion of people living with HIV/Aids.

Thanks,
E


1 Response to “About HIV, Aids, and Me”


  1. September 14, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Hello,

    I’m getting in touch because of your excellent writings on HIV/AIDS issues. I work for a company called SnagFilms that allows audiences to download award-winning documentaries for free, help support filmmakers and donate to topical charities. With a couple of clicks and only a few of your pixels, the SnagFilms widget turns any website into a free online theater, with real films, not a bunch of trailers. Our documentary library includes a film I think your readers might find interesting. DIANA follows Diana and Kathy, two women: mothers, daughters, friends and fighters, as they share their views about living with HIV. We would like to share DIANA with you and your audience!

    By showcasing this growing library of films, you will support an independent filmmaker and vital causes, while also increasing the time spent on your site/blog by your readers, and adding another reason for new readers to visit. The SnagFilms movie player does not require a desktop download, but instead efficiently streams the films. All expenses, including streaming costs, are covered by SnagFilms and there is no additional load on your servers. You need only provide the pixels and we take care of the rest.

    We have some pretty audacious goals – we believe we can preserve and strengthen independent filmmaking; we think we can use the democracy of the web to build stronger communities; and we know we can enrich a great number of websites with what is normally the most costly content: professional, compelling films.

    I hope you’ll consider adding DIANA to your site. To add the widget, click on the Snag button under “Snag This Film” at http://snagfilms.com/films/title/media_that_matters_8_diana/. Feel free to email me with any questions.

    Best regards,
    Richard


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