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My best friend says that I am exhibiting “drug seeking behavior.” This is something that people who don’t use drugs say to people who...

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter.” This is probably neither the time nor the place (nor the magazine) to be painting my face black with engine oil...

Dying of AIDS

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One Bad Day

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Kinky Compromise

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These Are the Facts

So this is the thing…you can’t tell who has HIV by looking. That we already know. That we learned in primary school in the...

A Normal Heart

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Playing Dress Up

I like to dress up for sex. The 70’s is my favorite era; so I am wearing a well-worn baseball cap, high white cotton...

A Collection of Attributes

Brave New World by Corey Saucier I am black, gay, poor, and HIV-positive. In most circles these are not the most beautiful things a person can...

Things We Don’t Say Out Loud

This is the truth. I’m still terrified of dying of AIDS. I’ve been HIV-positive for fifteen years. And over those fifteen revolutions around the...

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