Lost in thought, I am startled when there's a knock at the door.
Yes, please come in. I say.
Her smile. Always warm and generous. Her time with me is always focused, genuine, sweet.
We are going to start trying to have children. I say.
I want to get all the precautionary tests done in advance. I say.
I want to have an HIV test too. I say.
The moment. It's there. I said it.
Her response, unabated, unflinching, nonchalantly she replies, Sure, it is all really simple. Blood test. Discrete. Private.
I can feel my arm pits sweating through the paper gown. Anticipation. Nervousness.
It's AIDS. It's HIV.
I had unprotected sex in monogamous relationships.
You never know.
I don't want to find out when I give birth to a child that has HIV. It's worth the anxiety. It's worth the worry. It's worth knowing, for sure.
The test was negative.
Get informed. Get tested.
Let's get to zero--zero new infections, zero deaths, and zero discrimination.
"The beginning of the end of AIDS starts with you."
For more information about HIV and AIDS, or where to get tested, please go to www.cdc.gov/hiv.