Once again its world AIDS day. Once again the papers are full of interviews about HIV and stigmas and sex and drugs and all that usual stuff. And yet I realised that by hiding my face I have endorsed these stigmas. The only way to change things is to change things. So lets get to it.
It's my "annHIVersary". It has been 5 years that I was diagnosed with HIV. 5 long, dark, fun, exciting and challenging years that had given me insight into things I had never thought possible. Today I reflect - and notice how far I have come. I still can't believe that all of this happened. That I passed through this journey. This adventure. Damn. Maybe I should start considering a book..?
The long read - unpublished in the english version, and previously published on http://www.lvstprinzip.de in german.
The story of the transformative journey HIV had sent me on. From suffering a sexual trauma, to becoming an angry, incel-like creature... to the best of friendships and unforeseen revelations.