Found this graphic on social media and it really spoke to me. Having been involved with LoveYourself since earlier this year, I have been more exposed to the plight of people living with HIV (PLHIV).
It really angers me when I hear of stories discriminating PLHIVs and boxing them in that identifier: as having HIV infection. Like that’s the only thing defining them now.
Remember when he/she was by your side when you failed your class? Or that time when you scratched your car?
Remember when he/she lent you money because you were broke as fuck?
Remember when he/she stayed up all night so you can review for your Econ exam?
Remember how great of a poet he/she is?
Oh, and did you remember how great of a dances he/she is? Damn, can he/she groove!
HIV infection should NEVER define anyone.
So be careful how you pertain to a friend, to anyone who is living with HIV. They are more than their infection.
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