Thursday, October 2, 2008

A New Face To HIV

I grew up in the age of HIV and AIDS. Everyone knows it is out there. I'm fortunate that I don't have it. I was fortunate not to know anyone who has it or had it. However, I am not that fortunate now. I just found out earlier this week, an old friend of mine has HIV.

He was a friend I went to college with, a friend I haven't seen in 14 years. We live far apart. However, we live in a technological world. You can keep up with friends with e-mails, or group e-mails, and all kinds of web communities. Well I read my friends blog the other day. I guess it wouldn't be such a shock if I would have kept up with his blog.

Here he is a friend, my age, who has had HIV for nearly 10 years. HIV, to me had always been something other people get. Celebrities who made the headlines were the only face of HIV to me, or the faded news of some poor sap who ended up with it. Now HIV has a face to me. It is a face of class mate, a friend, a fraternity brother, a man who lived in a dorm a few doors down from me.

I reached out to him with a letter, offering friendship, and positive thoughts when I found out the news. To be honest I was shocked. To be honest, I didn't know what to do, I had never known anyone with HIV. To be honest, I don't know a lot about HIV. I know it some how turns into AIDs and people die from it. I don't believe their is a cure for it. It's a distant friend, and I guess I could let him fade away, but that doesn't sound like the best idea.

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