Juno Roche follows up on her previous post and talks more about being Transgender and living with HIV.
In this follow-on post, Juno Roche discusses her HIV diagnosis and the unchanging face of stigma.
Writing recently has brought lots of stuff to the surface, memories that are fading but still have noise, energy, colour and sound. I’m wondering an awful lot about stigma and how and why my community is so at risk. We are not risky by design but discrimination places us in risky circumstances. Society does this and the data about trans HIV infection worldwide is horrific. The data in relation to trans sex workers and trans sex workers of colour is an absolute stain on us all. It redefines our notion of humanity and kindness, at least it should.
I want to start at the beginning when I was first diagnosed many years ago. My knees rocked from side to side, falling heavily to the bed. As they fell, I remembered the tombstone ad for AIDS. The…
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