HIV Criminalization hits home for me.
Disclosing your status is very important. The laws in different states can be very tough when you don’t disclose to your partner. Have you seen the film “HIV IS NOT A CRIME” by The SERO Project? If you haven’t already I must say it’s definitely a must see film. I am also in this film talking about my experience with nondisclosure. A year after my diagnosis I was still in shock and disbelief overall about my HIV status. While serving my country in the Army I was only given a paper statement that I had to sign stating to disclose if I ever have unprotected sex. However, that was it, not knowing I would even face a sexual experience freshly after finding out my status. Nobody had support groups where they help educate you about the importance of disclosure and what can and can’t happen if you don’t disclose. I moved on with my life and I was trying to be a good Mother for my 3 boys in the midst of the emotional hurt I was yet battling inside.
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