BRAGGING ABOUT YOUR NEGATIVE HIV/STD STATUS
I recently got my STD results back, and they all came back negative. Usually I would proudly proclaim my negative status, and even post a picture of my negative test results online. However, this time I felt different about the act. For a while now I have been torn on whether or not the bragging/boasting about being STD/HIV negative is an insult to those people who are positive.
I want to be sensitive to everyone’s path in life and I don’t want to alienate people who are positive and make them feel sad or depressed about their status. I think a lot of reason why people aren’t vocal about being positive is because we make it seem like the worst thing to ever happen in the history of the world. Your life isn’t over because you are positive, there are steps you can take to live a healthy life, such as taking your medicine and living holistically.
So, what do you think about people bragging and boasting about their negative status? Is it insensitive to the lives of those who are positive? Does it make it seem like being negative is good and being positive is bad and something to be ashamed of?
I think everyone should be proud of getting tested and knowing their status, but whether you’re negative or positive, you are still human and should feel secure in who you are.