It's a staggering and dire statistic — one that reinforces the dreadful sense that clouds my life and the lives of so many younger and older black men. How heavy a weight a life can be when it can be snuffed out by a disease so many black men have been taught to fear — one I feared to the point of utter exhaustion and surrender. Many years later, I still can't believe I made it this far living as an HIV-negative black gay man.
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