HIV+ Test Result


In 1992, when B.Michael learned he was HIV-positive, discrimination based on HIV-status, or perceived HIV-status, was not uncommon. We learned early on that “confidentiality” through one’s care provider, for example, was not ultimately guaranteed. B.Michael chose to get tested at one of New York City’s Anonymous Counseling & Testing (ACT) sites, where he was assigned a number rather than required to give his name. In this way, he could ensure that only he knew his status and decide if and with whom to share it and when.

In his essay, I Have Come Here to Die, he writes that he received his HIV-positive result on November 18. It is likely that he rescheduled his original appointment with Chauncey slated for November 9. B.Michael had decided to keep the above slip of paper in his calendar book.

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