Shawn + Gwenn

50. Ryan White Would Have Turned 50 Years Old Today.

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Today would have been Ryan White’s 50th birthday. As some of you may know, there are some similarities between his story and my own. However, as time goes by that changes…. Read more

Goodbye Everybody, I’ve Got to Go: 30 Years Since Freddie Mercury Passed to Spirit

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I recently blogged about Magic Johnson’s announcement thirty years ago that he had contracted HIV. I was a junior in high school, and by the end of the day I’d… Read more

Thirty Years Since Magic Johnson Disclosed His HIV Status

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I was a junior in high school. Coming off a sophomore year that had been defined by some drama where HIV was concerned. I’d really fallen in love, and was… Read more

Why I Lied To Get a Booster Shot

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Last month I went into a Costco and received a booster shot for my Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which I received in March. I travelled about two hours for that… Read more

Once Silent, Now Paying it Backward for Peter Staley’s NEVER SILENT Memoir

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Opening up about HIV at age 20 was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. After a decade of keeping my status to myself at all cost, what… Read more

Pretty Sure I Got COVID This Past Summer…

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On July 5th I wrote a blog entry about getting sick. I was careful not to assume it was COVID-19. I even took an at home test that came back negative…. Read more

Seeing Ads for HIV Meds During the Olympics? That’s a Win for Everyone.

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I love the Olympics. Despite a crush on Katarina Witt, I didn’t really start watching regularly until I was in my 30s. (I’m 46 for context.) It makes sense, because… Read more

My HIV in the 90s Experience, HIV Unmuted

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Recently I spoke with The International AIDS Society as part of their HIV Unmuted podcast series. The episode that I am on focuses on the 1990s, you can learn more about… Read more