Get Ready, Ira’s Here! I’m 26 years old, gay, black and proud to be ALIVE! Even though I have lived in many different parts of Chicago I am proud to call the Westside my home. Living all over this city will open your eyes to a lot of things, and no shade, it can eat you alive!
Let me tell you, I was out kickin’ the fat like I was invincible, not knowing that I was possibly putting myself at risk for all types of shit. Baby, I had this OVAH boyfriend and we use to go at it constantly and even though I knew about condoms and things, there were times where we didn’t even contemplate using protection. So when I found out I was HIV-positive I knew then that I had to make changes in my life to better protect others as well as keep myself healthy, and that’s where I’m at now…
I am proud to be a 26 year old gay, black, HIV positive man and still ALIVE with my health! It’s been difficult in the past but now I can say that every sexual encounter I’ve had recently I’ve used protection. I choose to stay healthy as possible and when others ask Ira why. I just tell them that my life is worth living the right way and I’m happy with that decision and that’s how I stay healthy.
-- Ira Hill
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