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Diary speaks back

Dear Diary,

In an effort to give you wider coverage, I approached humanitarian agencies about your promotion on sites where they are listing stories from HIV-positive people around the globe.

At first I thought that your existence was overlooked because the people I'd sent circulars to were maybe very busy with their own work. But after numerous failed attempts at making your voice heard, I took my concerns to a trusted senior colleague.

Much to my dismay, my colleague suggested that your existence might be deliberately ignored because of your homosexual content in relation to HIV/AIDS.

This had me worried, because I was under the impression that all people were affected by this disease. When did AIDS suddenly change from the plague of homos to the plague of hetero men and women?

Please Dairy, tell me truly. What would you say if you could speak?

Forever Positive

Hayden Horner

PS - Because I know you so well, I think you might say something along these lines:

Dear Hayden

To worry about what narrow-minded people care about my homosexual content, even though it still serves to educate about HIV/AIDS, would be to force yourself to a speedy AIDS-related death.

And you must realise that most people are only now starting to accept that homos are people too. I admit that sometimes my content is just a tad overboard, but is there really a "decent" way to talk about HIV transmission without talking about sex, the main route of infection in Africa?

So I think it is time that homos are accepted not just as rapist of men, artsy-fartsy fashionistas, interior designers, hairdressers and stupid, but as men and women who also play their part in making this world a better place for all.

Maybe I should one day tell it like it is and not give a damn about who starts bleeding from the ears as a result.

You know Hayden, someone told me that as tempting as it is to play it safe sometimes, it is within human nature to take risks, because this is what leaves you feeling more alive each day.

The fact that my content speaks of homos and HIV/AIDS may be the risk that I decided to take on the day when I chose to help other people with my story. And boy do I ever feel alive.

So chin up and keep having a positive outlook on what life has to offer.

Yours in Confidence


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Love, lies and disclosure
Black pot and blacker kettle
Things better left unsaid on the bus
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Test results not all good
Diary speaks back
The truth about disclosure
Dangerous myths and damaged angels
Not the final countdown
Sticks and stones may break my bones
A spade is still a spade
Perceptions and deceptions

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