How has your race/ethnicity informed your experience with living with HIV?

I have experienced some negative and positive; when I told my family that I was HIV positive a lot of them were very supportive and wanted to be there for me. My nephew and niece’s grandmother gave me a plastic fork and plate because she was afraid of catching the virus from me. At the time I didn’t think much of it now that I work for a non-profit organization and see how people react to even the mention of PrEP and PEP. I’ve had bad experiences with guys that react to me having HIV I cannot be mad at them though, because I understand that fear is what they felt when I told them that I was positive. I have come to realize that if anyone does not understand or criticizes me for something that I can’t change, then they were not meant to be in my life; because if you care for someone it shouldn’t matter.


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