My First Diagnosis, with Pamela Yelsky & Elinor Casteneda

My First Diagnosis, with Pamela Yelsky & Elinor Casteneda

“You know, it’s not the same as cancer. Someone’s diagnosed with cancer of any kind, people always go straight to, ‘Oh, how awful that he or she would have to go through that.’ But when you tell someone you’re HIV+ or that you have AIDS, even though I knew that I was a good person, there’s something that still today has a negative connotation. That there’s something dirty about it. ‘Oh, you know, well, maybe I was promiscuous. Maybe I did sleep around. Maybe my perception of myself isn’t really, you know – maybe I was a bad girl.”

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