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HIV won’t happen to me… I thought.

3 out of 10. 30%. Less than half.

This is exactly how I answered a survey in August. The question was simple and I remember answering the question. But I answered with a “3” because answering with a “1” or “2” seemed like my luck would run out and a little too small-minded. So I went with a “3.”

The question:  Using a scale from 1-10, In your opinion, how likely are you to contract HIV in the next year? 

August 2011, I answered with what I believed… what I felt. December 18, 2011, I was exposed to HIV unknowingly and I didn’t realize how quickly that simple “3” wouldn’t matter. It could happen to anyone. “Anyone” actually meant me.

Anybody can get HIV. HIV is a virus; once it gets into your body, it can make you sick. It does so if you are rich or poor; 14 years old or 70; black or white; gay or straight; married or single. It’s what you do, not who you are, that puts you at risk for HIV. Source:

Since we’re on the subject of numbers… FACT:

“Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men remain the population most heavily affected by HIV in the United States. CDC estimatesMSM represent approximately 2 percent of the U.S. population, 2 but accounted for the majority of all new HIV infections annually from 2006 to 2009 — 56 percent in 2006 (27,000), 58 percent in 2007 (32,300), 56 percent in 2008 (26,900) and 61 percent in 2009 (29,300).” Source: CDC

IF you are HIV negative, using a scale from 1-10, how likely are you to contract HIV in the next year? 

Make your answer “1” because you consider yourself your #1 priority. Protect yourself.

Get involved in a vaccine study. BREAK the stigma.

I’m still Josh! You still be  YOU!




  1. That is an excellent article Josh its good that you can make people aware of an ever growing problem I was one of the unlucky ones but if more people were open maybe it wouldn’t of happened though I understand the prejudices! Good work you superstar



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