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9 comments | Friday, April 10, 2009

About The Living Positive Series





Andre Allen, 26, has been living with HIV for six years. He is the creator of the black gay entertainment blog Andresflava and currently resides in the Washington D.C. area. Allen's entry in the Living Positive series is the first and only to be presented on video and concludes the series. This is his story.


9 Comments:

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Wow this was a great interview, I never knew, but glad that your open and honest about it, and continue just being yourself!

Great interview Darian!

April 10, 2009 6:30 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Fabulous! Charisma, courage and character! I love you both!

April 10, 2009 6:36 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

WOW......

I love your blog more and more everyday, I was suppose to leave a comment earlier today but my internet was acting up. You've added the Andre Allen story, thanks for that.

April 11, 2009 7:04 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Great interview. Seems like he is mentally strong and has a good outlook which is much more attractive than being in a constant state of self-pity and defeat. I hope he can re-connect with his family because its so important. When all the people you partied with, had sex with and all that are gone or are now just "too busy", its your family that should be there for you. I know it can be complicated but its worth it to try and repair the relationship with them if possible.

April 11, 2009 7:04 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

WOW......

I love your blog more and more everyday, I was suppose to leave a comment earlier today but my internet was acting up. You've added the Andre Allen story, thanks for that.

April 11, 2009 7:05 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

"When all the people you partied with, had sex with and all that are gone or are now just "too busy", its your family that should be there for you."

Sometimes "family" (as in blood relatives) can be toxic to a gay person. Family SHOULD be there for you but what if they're not? His family rejected him because he's gay. He shouldn't have to beg the people who raised him to love him.

There is a solution for this problem. He can choose the "family" that is best for him if he picks wisely. During the worst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s, white gay men found "family" with each other and other NON-RELATIVES when their blood families rejected them for being gay and/or having HIV/AIDS. Black gay men, whether HIV-positive or not, can do the same thing. We do not need toxic people whether they are related to us or not.

April 11, 2009 10:04 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

LOVE to read about persons that are HIV + making a difference out there in the world...

April 11, 2009 12:10 PM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

I liked this video. I will say though:
In his case it did not matter that he was familiar with the message "use condoms" if his sexual partner didn't care to do so. His partner took it off and in the heat of the moment it went unnoticed.

I like that he is not bitter but I wonder if people don't see the "use condoms" message as a bit hollow?
There has got to be somethign more to this--including trust and honesty; things that are alreayd hard to come-by in relationships much less in open sexual encounters.

Condoms alone cannot so it--we need to check our sexual ethic in some serious way in my opinion; and I think that this is getting lost in a sea of political correctness.

April 12, 2009 11:07 AM

 
<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Darian,

Thanks for featuring this series on your blog, and please extend a thank you and warm embrace to the brave men who participated as a face to this virus. You have brought some much needed life to such an issue that has a strain on our community. Keep informing, teaching, encouraging and empowering the community. Once again job well done!

April 12, 2009 10:25 PM

 

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