“He escorts & he does porn, so what do you expect” is another erroneous stigma about HIV that Kayden Gray isn’t willing to let stand.
“The thing is … it takes one mistake. One night out. One bareback fuck to join the club,” was just one of many powerful things Kayden Gray had to say when he made the “I’m HIV positive and I’m fine with that” video last month to announce that he was living with HIV.
The ignorance, fear and, silence that has “allowed the stigma to continue” is part of the reason we got here in the first place. Kayden didn’t say anything about porn then. But for Kayden, the time has come.
Last March, it was Rex Cameron who so eloquently shared his journey to wellness in our exclsuyive interview.his journey to wellness. He was one of the first to give voice to the fact that working in the adult industry was anything but mutually exclusive.
The takeaway here, the stigma of HIV is an emotional problem. HIV itself is a medical problem. TrumpCare would interfere with the ongoing treatment of those like Rex and Kayden, living with the HIV. Take a moment and contact your congressmen and share your concerns.
And what specifically is porn’s role in any of this?
[ORIGINAL POST – May 23]
When it happened. How he got it. And why’s he’s telling his story now.
This is no melodramatic mea culpa. No crocodile tears or pleases for pity. What this is is a brutally frank and self-effacing account of Kayden Gray’s journey from his initial diagnosis to becoming undetectable to the power and importance of honesty in living with HIV no matter what your profession.
“I have noticed how many people are putting days upon weeks upon years of effort to benefit the sexual well-being of our community. Having seen that, I can’t sit on this secret. I need to do this for myself as much as anyone else out there who may need to hear this.”
“All of you who are negative, and are listening to this thinking it doesn’t affect you … because you are not stupid, you are not a whore … you can take care of yourself. Well, guess what? I used to say the exact same things. And like you, I also used the word ‘clean.’ The thing is … it takes one mistake. One night out. One bareback fuck to join the club.”
Many live with HIV in silence. That has allowed the stigma to continue and flourish in fear and ignorance. Kayden’s honesty is both refreshing and importance. Brains become enlightened one mind at a time.
Kayden Gray, thank you for the courage in sharing your story.
— Kayden Gray (@KaydenGrayXXX) May 22, 2017
We wish you many years of abundant health.