HIV was barely explained during highschool, and I don’t know if it’s the private school that refused to provide sexual education other than on a biology level in the senior years, or if that’s the normal way of things. My first informative experience of HIV was sitting in the waiting room for Taylor Square Private clinic when I was 19, waiting to see the doctor who helped me find resources for transition as I didn’t know where to begin. I was incredibly anxious and picked up a brochure to read and pass the time, it happened to be about HIV and raising awareness for how useful it was to know your status as a gay man.

– Alvia