Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family's Love Supports Man Who's HIV-Positive

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family's Love Supports Man Who's HIV-Positive

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Dear Abby: About six years ago, you printed a letter from a young man infected with HIV. He wanted to tell his family, but he was afraid of the repercussions.

You told him in a firm but gentle way that he should inform his family immediately because he needed their love and support. This response affected me profoundly.

Seven years ago, I was diagnosed as HIV-positive. After reading that letter and your response, I felt compelled to inform my family of the diagnosis. First, I discussed it with my companion (who is also HIV-positive), then I spoke with my oldest brother, who has been a buddy to me since childhood.

On his visit from the Midwest, my whole family was together, except for one brother. It was difficult to tell them, but their reaction was wonderfully warm, loving and supportive.

A year later, when my other brother returned from overseas duty, he was also informed. It was more difficult to tell him, because he is my twin.

Since then, my companion and I have received much-needed emotional support from my family. Without it, I never could have made it. LOVED AND LUCKY IN NEW JERSEY

God bless you. You are indeed lucky. Unfortunately, not all families are as loving and supportive as yours.

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Dear Abby: My wife, "Alice," and I need to settle a serious difference of opinion.

"John" and "Mary" were our closest friends. My wife recently informed me that she had a "thing" for John. (She called it a "crush.") John became obsessed with her when he was having trouble at home. During the day, John would call me at work to make sure I wasn't home, then he'd jog over to our house to see Alice. These visits were unsolicited and unplanned on her part, but she didn't exactly discourage him. To make matters worse, our children and theirs are very close.

One day after calling me, and lying to his wife, John jogged over to our place, and his wife followed him. …

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