We had yet another birthday party in the office. Once again, I was assigned plates, napkins and forks. I really do believe that my coworkers are afraid of the fact that I have HIV and do not want to eat any food I bring in. In fact, I have tried to bring a couple of things in the past, like brownies and a pumpkin pie, neither of which were touched by anyone but me. It's shocking to think that these college educated people are so ignorant about HIV that they are scared to eat anything I make! One of the other girls in the office went through some serious health issues and I remember my boss approached me and advised me not to eat anything she brought in and to basically be careful around her. My boss had been advised of this by her mother, a hospital employee. At the time, I thought she was looking out for me as an HIV patient with a compromised immune system. I now look back and realize that I was wrong. I am assuming she advised the other girls to also avoid any food that I bring in as well. I am just so shocked that people are scared to eat food I make! I just don't understand this. I'm very shocked, I'm very hurt and I feel like an outsider.
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