|Posted on May 24, 2017 at 7:35 AM|
You read that correctly! That was the caption of a post made on May 18, 2017 by a guy named JT Carson (Jacob Carson) from Macon, Ga.
Do you know what someone with HIV or AIDS look like? They could look just like you!
I woke up this morning with this in my inbox and the person was very upset. It's like they think people with HIV are these contagious "vampires". This was their reaction: "I was shocked that people still think we are contagious and that its a joke.. Cancer patients are treated with respect and sympathy. I don't need sympathy, just empathy and understanding. Ask instead of assuming. That's why so many people keep their status hidden."
Who cares that it's a joke and it wasn't serious. The fact remains is that it adds to the stigma of HIV and AIDS. To have a post like this with almost 205 comments and over 3,400 shares shows me and everyone reading this that people don't take this disease serious enough.
Since when did having HIV/AIDS become something to laugh about? Do you know that 1 in 4 people are infected with the HIV virus? That means you have at least 1 person in your family who has HIV! You might argue and say that's not true but listen.... if they see that you laugh and joke about HIV and AIDS like this do you think that they will be willing to share with you they have it. We as advocates encourage newly infected individuals to reach out to family as a support system but in ONE post you just showed so many people that they might just want to deal with the disease alone.
Not enough people are being put on front street for their negative actions. Make it so bad Jt's profile says that he's a member of the United States Air Force. If this is true then he needs to realize that when he's fighting for this country not only is he fighting for those that are HIV negative but also for those who are HIV positive.
Reading through the comments there were lots of laughing faces and when someone with some sense made it know that you can't get HIV or AIDS from a bite they got bashed.
You want to go "viral" at the expense of others pain! You are a poor excuse for a man and I know i'm not the only one who will agree! Not everyone who is HIV positive is trying to infect others nor did they get HIV from sharing needles or having risky sex. some of us like myself were married and guess what it still happened!
Before you decide to make fun of a subject like HIV remember it's someone like me who will be ready to put that ass on blast!