I was recently diagnosed with HIV when I first moved to San Francisco. My primary care provider mentioned the PLUS Seminar to me, and suggested it might be something good for me to attend. I felt like it would be a great experience for me, so I registered.
I came to the seminar and really enjoyed it. The program is really diverse — all ages, all experiences, all backgrounds. It helped to connect me to the community, which is so important. When you’re positive, there’s a lot of stigma and that can be hard to overcome. But there’s strength in numbers, so feeling part of the strong community that Positive Force creates is really important.
After my diagnosis, I didn’t know what it was to be HIV positive. I think the biggest thing when you become positive is feeling isolated or different. But Positive Force, and connecting with other men going through the same thing, has been life-changing. Through this program, I have learned how to stay active, how to stay social, and how to maintain good health.
The staff at Positive Force are great and very approachable. I’ve never been afraid to reach out to them to ask for anything. They always seem genuinely happy to hear from you. They’re in the community, they’re deeply involved in the community, and their real-life experiences inform their work which is so valuable.
It is difficult to put yourself out there and talk about your HIV status. But if I can inspire at least one person to reach out for help, then I’m more than happy to share my story.
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