December 1, 2016 – It’s World AIDS Day
There is not a lot I can say about World AIDS Day that better speakers have not already said about today. There are close to 34 million people across the globe that suffer from HIV/AIDS. I used to be a substance abuse counselor that dealt with many patients that had numerous health complications. HIV was one that proved to be a difficult issue since funding for any services for this was constantly being cut by my idiot governor. I also have more than one personal friend that has contracted the HIV virus. Thankfully to my knowledge, they have taken care of their health to the point that there has not been any major issue. Unfortunately this is not the case for many other people. Not to mention the millions that of others have died to get to this point where medications are capable of prolonging life.
When I first heard the word “AIDS,” I was a naive little kid and I just assumed it was an illness that was curable or simply went away on its own. Then one of my uncles became sick. No one explained to me what was going on. His health deteriorated rapidly. Within a year he was barely recognizable to what he looked like the previous year. He died a very horrible death alone in a hospital room. He was the only openly gay member of my family at the time. It was not until a couple years after his death that I realized what had happened and that I was part of the problem. I was only a child at the time but I still feel remorseful that I was not there for him more.
With that, I will say that we are adults and make our own decisions. We either choose to put ourselves at risk or we do not. I may seem like a hypocrite because I talk about bareback porn in some of my videos, but I will never apologize for talking about this subject. I like I said, we adults and that is a fantasy world. Those taking part in it are also adults and they made their own decisions as well. I would like to think that adults can distinguish fantasy from reality. I also hope that the disclaimers before many porn companies that they test their models before hand and that they are currently taking Truvada or PrEP is actually true as well. You either trust in using condoms and/or medication for prevention or you do not. If is your individual choice.
Everyone know your status. Get tested regularly. It is free. Simply Go to FreeHIVTest.net to find an clinic or location in your area. If you are HIV positive and feel depressed, know that there are lots of counseling services out there for you. Go to: CareResource.org for more information.
That is all. I am off my soapbox and I will leave it at that.