When Danny Pintauro sat down with Oprah Winfrey in September and disclosed his HIV status to the world, he sparked a conversation about stigma, HIV prevention and drug use to a massive TV audience. I recently got the chance to catch up with this brand new HIV activist.
"A Peacock Among Pigeons" is for "anyone who has been made to feel different."
There is one surefire way of turning every future love scenario into a bloodbath, no matter how much of a match the two of you may be, and that is being HIV-positive and desperate for a date.
Scanning the site's collection of photos, you will see celebrities sharing the stage with just plain folk. The captions underneath the photos say "Modern," "Genuine," "Activist," "Lover," "Visionary." In other words, we are not defined by our HIV status. We are more than that, much more.
This study isn't a free pass for stupid behavior. But this study is a monumental and extraordinary step in the fight against HIV.
When I initially tested positive for HIV, I was a writer at a national law firm. The position was well-paid -- and I absolutely hated it. But the position afforded me the Mercedes-Benz of health insurance. What else could a newly positive boy ask for, right? At least that's what I tried to tell myself.