1 Dec

It’s important to know your status and hopefully the people you decide to engage in sexual intercourse with as well. Today we celebrate World AIDS Day and in celebration of that I’m gonna post a interview Loop 21 conducted with AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent. In case you need a history lesson, Hydeia was born with AIDS and was later adopted. Hydeia went on to make several tv appearances one of which was on Oprah at the age of 6. Now 27 the activist is still going strong with her message and educating millions on the disease.

Check out some of the interview below..

Loop 21: What do you think has improved in terms of people’s understanding of and attitudes towards HIV and AIDS?

Hydeia Broadbent: I believe the younger generation tends to be de-sensitized, because they don’t really know how huge an issue HIV/AIDS was in the 80s.

My 19-year-old sister [who is positive] has no problem dating guys her age. They are so open and not afraid, not like the guys my age who remember growing up afraid of getting AIDS. While that’s good for my sister’s generation, it’s kind of scary because there isn’t a sense of fear. I think my generation let them down because we forgot to inform and show them the true reality of AIDS.

Loop 21: If you’re HIV-positive, when do you disclose your status? On the date? Before a date? As soon as you meet? As soon as you’re interested?

Broadbent: I have a three-date rule. By the third date is when it’s time to let someone know—but a lot of people don’t start dating until after they have already had sex. You need to let your partner know before you take it that far.
If the person rejects you, then look at the bright side—at least you find out sooner then later what type of person they really were.

Loop 21: Once you’ve told someone you’re involved with (or hope to be involved with) that you are HIV-positive, what are the best questions he or she can ask to help things move forward?

Broadbent: The best question: “What are the ways I can stay negative?”

It’s important that people understand a person’s first reaction may be fear. Make sure you have all the answers to their questions and be willing to take that person with you to a doctor’s visit so they can ask other things themselves. I made such a point of taking my ex-boyfriend with me that my doctor would ask where he was if he didn’t see him by my side.

Loop 21: In all of your activist work and speaking engagements, what is the main thing people want to ask you about dating someone with HIV?

Broadbent: “Can you have sex or have children?” The answer is yes, I can. I have engaged in a healthy monogamous relationship. Currently, I choose to abstain. Due to advancements in medicine, a person, male or female, can get married and have children without passing HIV onto their loved ones.

To read the remainder of the interview check it out on Loop 21 and thanks to NecoleBitchie for me spotting it over there.


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