Hey guys! Brandon here, The Sword’s winter intern. Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, but I’ve been coming to terms with some pretty weird news. Last month, I tested positive for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
A lot of you might be wondering how in the world someone like me could possibly catch HIV, and believe me, I’ve been wondering pretty much the same thing these past few weeks. I’m young, I’m good looking, I’m white, and I’m not an intravenus drug user—so why me? I always practiced safe sex by asking my partners if they were clean and disease free before we fucked bareback (not to mention the fact that I’m almost always a top), so this whole thing has left me pretty perplexed. Why me?
In addition to all that, you might remember that I have always been a big praponent of staying safe by getting tested every few months (which obviously I did), so why am I the one with HIV? After taking all the precautions that I’ve taken, why am I the one who has to deal with HIV? Is this some sort of early April’s Fool joke? Why me? I guess no matter what you do to protect yourself—pulling out, getting tested, asking your partner’s status—there’s no way to prevent HIV. Say la vie.
To this day, I still don’t know whom infected me with HIV, but there’s no use crying over spilled milk, right? All I can do now is try to live my life positively—pun not intended—and share my tips with others like I always do. So, here are 3 ways you can still live a normal life even if you’ve tested positive for HIV.
1. Get on medication early. Apparently the thing that causes HIV to turn into AIDS is when White Blood Cells turn into AIDS Cells that attack your system. This doesn’t even make sense since blood is red and not white, but whatever. The thing that sucks is that HIV meds have crazy side effects and I look/feel like shit pretty much all day, every day. The upside to being on HIV meds with side effects though is that your doctors will perscribe you other meds to take care of the side effects from your HIV meds (if you have health insurance, which I do because I’m still on my parents’ plan), so you’re pretty much covered. And don’t worry, if you miss a few doses of your meds because you were too fucked up from partying and forgot to go home, just take triple the dose (plus your side effects meds) whenever you get home, and drink a lot of water!
2. Join an HIV support group. I’ve had some of the hottest, most raw sex of my life with the pig bottoms from my HIV support group.
3. Educate others. Hopefully me reaching out to you guys here has helped educate you as to the causes and the effects of HIV. In addition to my role here, I’ve also been doing some behind the scenes work over at Broke Straight Boys, where I’m advising the models and the production crew on HIV testing protocols and safe sex guidelines. What can I say? I’m just trying to do my part!