photo courtesy of Chris Vaughn
HIV/AIDS is a scary subject. Most people don't want to talk about it, cringe and may even scrunch up their face or have a foul thing or two to say. They especially do not want to broach the subject with a lover or spouse, and so it continues to win.
Be that as it may, HIV/AIDS does not care. We can talk about it, or not. Prepare, or not. We can make faces, say horrible things, or even be empathetic. It could really care less.
My good friend Rae Lewis-Thornton, has been known to say, "AIDS is a mean bitch." and she is SO right!
HIV sneaks in while you are having fun, or not, and rearranges your system for you - bringing with it CHAOS!
My personal story is of loss. The stories I have cover loss of friends who were beautiful, giving, loved people. I miss them all still. My stories are not just my own. Many of you have stories too. Tell them. It just might keep someone else alive.
While HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence, it remains a troubling and difficult illness to LIVE with.
Rae chronicles her struggles daily as @Raelt on Twitter and through her blog Rae Lewis-Thornton: Diva Living With Aids.
So, as we move into February and Black History Month, take a moment to pause and consider the devastation HIV/AIDS continues to have on most of our communities collectively, and now more recently the Black community. February 7th 2011, Rae and I will host a tweetup at the Kilwins Chicago 1405 N. Wells for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!
SEE YOU THERE!