Although we cannot say Happy World AIDS day (or can we?), I would use this opportunity to ask some questions on HIV and AIDS that I have been itching to ask but have never been able to.
You see I was one of those people that would have to have a gun to their heads before I'd go and check my status. Admittedly the first two times I was tested for HIV in my mid-20s it wasn't done so independent of my knowledge or consent, it was one of those moments that you have malaria and the doctor says they'll have to take your blood to run some tests and you'll willingly consent thinking the only tests that needed to be run were for Malaria and Thyphoid but unknown to you HIV testing would probably be carried out first.
So the questions I've been itching to ask; I'm quite certain that at least one person I know personally is HIV positive but isn't it rude to go about asking people their status... So I'm going to take advantage of social media and you can take advantage of anonymity and let's talk about this.
-Do you know your HIV status?
-How and why did you go for your first HIV test? Were you forced to, were you ill, was it at the start of a new relationship, was it one of the requirements for a new job... ?
-Are you or someone you know HIV positive?
-From your experience or that of someone close to you, do people (attitudes/personalities) change when they find out they're HIV positive or do they carry on as they always have?
-What has been the reaction of prospective lovers/suitors on first hearing that one is HIV positive?
-Generally whether positive or not, is there anything you'd like to share or know about HIV & AIDS, let's talk about these on this forum.