World AIDS Day 2014


Today is World AIDS Day, a global day of remembrance and a call to arms to continue the fight until it’s over.

I’ve personally lost a number of friends to the tragedy of HIV and AIDS and today I pause to remember them all.

The fight continues, science is advancing rapidly and amfAR has dedicated $100million dollars to finding a cure by 2020, dubbed the Countdown to a Cure campaign.  “This is the moon shot of our generation.” said Kevin Robert Frost, CEO of amfAR (the foundation for AIDS Research).

It’s amazing how the advances of science and research have allowed individuals – like me – to live full and productive lives despite HIV infection.  There are new medications hitting the markets all of the time.  New prevention methods, and new educational information.  Years ago I would take upwards of 30 pills a day to prevent my infection from progressing, today I take a total of 4 pills once per day….and there ARE single dose daily medications new to the market that show much promise.  The chances of going into long-term remission are much greater than ever before.  I am one of those lucky ones who has been in a long term remission for years and I continue to test with no detectable viral burden, and very high T-cells.  I’m lucky, I’m still here years after I thought I would be doomed.  I live healthy, and I don’t let HIV rule my life.  It’s a delicate balance.

I hope that today we will all pause and remember those lost.  I haven’t seen the Quilt for years now, I don’t even think there is space to display it in it’s entirety anymore, but I remember the impact that viewing it during it’s last full display on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 1992, had on me.  I didn’t realize then that I would face losing many friends, that I would discover my own positive sero-status and that it would have such an effect on my life.  In some ways HIV saved my life, it forced me to re-evaluate my priorities and to change my ways drastically.  I got clean and started paying attention.  Many of my friends weren’t so lucky, and I miss them.

Here are links to other sources for anyone wishing to read more about this day and about HIV/AIDS in today’s world.

World AIDS Day 2014

26th World AIDS Day


Author: MainelyButch

I am a pretty relaxed, proud, Butch and a native Mainer who enjoys reading, writing, blogging, vlogging and social interaction. I live in southern Maine, near the coast with my 2 small dogs and I hail from a very large, loving family that is historically rooted here. I write about my life, my experiences, living successfully with HIV, my YouTube experiences, and just about anything that piques my interest. This blog may contain profanity and sexual situations, and is not intended for younger audiences. Read at your own risk. At 54 I see life as just beginning a new chapter, and have decide this is the time that I need to write the stories that got me to this point. I believe we live our lives in chapters, changing, evolving and moving continuously with the times. I love to laugh, have discussions, debates and even the occasional nonsense conversation! I generally enjoy people, but not drama, hatred, ignorance or those who choose to feel they are somehow elite or superior to another simply due to their mere existence. I try to be very conscious of the health of the world around me - environmentally, socially, economically, and ethically. The people who are dear to me know me as having a tough exterior, filled with marshmallow and crunchy peanut butter. I continually strive to be the best I can be, especially to address life head on...always.

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