Class #50: AIDS and HIV

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Download: The MP3 File (Length: 45m -- 31 MB)

Daniel Garza [Twitter] is a Mexican-born resident of Southern California who has AIDS/HIV.  He also hosts hosts two great English-language podcasts -- Put It Together and Vita Positvum -- and one Spanish-language podcast, Corazón en la Mano (all via Abnormal Entertainment.)

In this class we talk about:

  • The difference between HIV and AIDS.
  • Losing his virginity at a young age.
  • Living in denial of having HIV and AIDS.
  • Using drugs and alcohol as an escape from the reality of AIDS.
  • Being scared of talking to someone about your sex life.
  • Losing weight at a very fast pace because of drugs and AIDS.
  • The different symptoms of AIDS that includes: hair loss, memory loss, and inability to keep food down.
  • Being too sick to take care of yourself.
  • Being segregated by your family because of AIDS.
  • Being uneducated about AIDS.
  • Being an activist for AIDS education.
  • Have vascular issues and other side effects while going through treatment.
  • Taking medicine more for the side effects of HIV medicine than for HIV itself.
  • Suicide.
  • Keeping the fact that you have AIDS to just a select group of people.
  • Connecting with other people who are going through the same things.
  • Religion and AIDS.
  • Making good out of a bad situation.
  • Becoming sober.
  • Infecting others with AIDS.
  • Going through rehab after being arrested and being on probation.
  • Having people to keep challenging you.
  • Respecting yourself before others respect you.
  • Making amends with family and friends after fixing yourself.
  • Becoming healthier after becoming sober.
  • Being a loudmouth and using that to be an activist.

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