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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

HIV: IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KNOWING BETTER & DOING BETTER A HARD THING TO DO?







Dear HIV, he says…


The following is one of
many conversations I had with an online friend of mine about his NOT using
condoms in sexcapades:







ME: using protection son?





HIM: silence


ME: why aren't you answering my
condom question? DO YOU USE PROTECTION?





HIM: Oh sorry


No, in all honesty I haven't


I've stopped myself


From having sex more often


Or sleeping with people I don't
know


Only have slept with people
I've slept with on the reg


But I'm cutting the number


And its only been two


Less sex helps


But helps me focus on the real
issues I face


And why I use sex as I do





ME: I don't
care if it is 100 0r 1


so you still doing foolishness?


when was the last time u got tested?





HIM: August


Going again soon





ME: uh-huh


Do you have an HIV wish?








HIM: Nope! Aint a bug chaser





ME: well you
f*%cking like you are by not protecting yourself





HIM: Yeah! I always cuss my mates who smoke at how they
are fucking up their health and they always go on bout how difficult it is to
quit I understand how it feels





ME: No you don’t
because if you did you would use a condom





HIM: I do


Know better and doing better


Are two different things


I know better


I know all the risks and


The implications


But I don't do better





ME: anyways I am
done talking to you about that





HIM: okay.





Now in going over this conversation, I know shouldn't ended it like that, but I was upset and tired of urging my friend to use a condom. EVERY time we chat about that stuff he has NO reason why he isn't, and he CONSTANTLY says he does not want to get HIV but...





WHAT ARE YOU THOUGHTS ON THIS ENTRY, SHOULD I GIVE UP ON THE SAFE SEX TALK WITH HIM OR SHOULD I CONTINUE DESPITE WHAT HE ISN'T DOING?














            

HIV & MAGIC JOHNSON: 20 YEARS LATER





Twenty years
ago, NBA legend Ervin “Magic” Johnson shocked the world and revealed he
had HIV.





Back then, Magic was at the top of his game—playing for the Los
Angeles Lakers, recently married to the love of his life, and gearing up for
yet another championship run. He was unstoppable. And then came the press
conference.





November 7, 1991 was a day that not
only changed Magic Johnson’s life, but the world as well. Up until that point,
HIV was seen as a gay, White man’s disease and a certain death sentence.





Recently, Magic sat down with ESPN to discuss his life—20 years
after telling the world he was living with HIV. Today, Magic is not only
beating the disease, but he’s also reinvented himself into a successful
businessman and dedicated philanthropist.





Through his Magic Johnson foundation,
Magic has partnered with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to establish five full-service
clinics
 in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, and
Jacksonville that provide much-needed HIV/AIDS care in economically
disadvantaged neighborhoods. He has also put his money where his mouth is and
given over $10 million to fight the disease.





Twenty years ago, as he revealed he had the virus, Magic told
reporters, “I’m gonna go on, I’m gonna beat it, and I’m gonna have fun.” 
And he has most certainly been a man of his word.





Do you remember where you were when Magic
Johnson revealed he has HIV? What did you think? 
I remember being
a young boy and my mother and aunt crying their eyes out because they thought
he would die. I wonder what they think of him now.
What are their and your thoughts despite the grim statistics of the
time, now that Magic not only survived, but he has become one of the world’s
most ardent HIV/AIDS activists?

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