Dear young person who has gone public... Take it easy on yourself. Don't be hard on yourself. Do practice self-love.
When I went public with my status, I received overwhelming response from young people going through what I did... explaining how hard it is just to accept their HIV positive status. And, of course, my utmost sincere response was even now, just to be there for that young person to remind them it's okay. It's okay, it's absolutely okay to feel what they are feeling and, damn, it's okay... Because healing is not linear. You will absolutely have your ups and downs.
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