Thursday, May 13, 2010


Last night some of you had a chance to read the now vanished post. My guess is that it was a glitch in the system and not something that blogger did considering the content.

I am ashamed of myself.

I am choosing my words very carefully right now, because there is a difference between guilt and shame. And right now, in this moment, I am struggling to keep ahead of the shame.

I have written here before about my HIV status. I have written about the responsibilities of HIV positive people to disclose and also the responsibility of negative people to be accountable to their own behaviors which put them at risk. My conclusion, and I still believe this, is that each person in a sexual situation has the ultimate responsibility for his own sexual health.

Recently, I failed at my responsibility as did the person with whom I had sex. Twice. Further complicating the matter was that I was not truthful between the two sexual experiences, and I wasn't honest until I was confronted with the truth.

The person with whom I had sex was, rightly so, freaking out. I did my best to communicate the facts to him about my own health, likelihood of transmission, and specific tests that he can get done NOW that would alleviate most of his fears, while also being honest about the window period. No fluids were exchanged in our sexual exchange, but there is still risk. That is the truth.

He read my blog post last night and asked me why I would write it and so openly. My reasons were very simple: accountability, transparency, and ownership.

1. By admitting publicly that I fucked up, that I failed to follow through on my own beliefs, and did not live up to what I have publicly written and spoken about, I needed to return to that same forum and own my behavior. For me, to do otherwise, would be hypocritical.

2. Though all of my inner tapes are blasting me right now, telling me that I am worthless and a 'bad person,' I refuse to lets those tapes win. I am a human and made a huge mistake that could have significant consequences. I do not go out and make a habit of having unprotected sex nor does it thrill me to put another person in harms way. I am not a predator. By admitting, publicly, what happened, I am owning to my community that I failed to uphold our collective and my personal standards.

3. I am not a superhero, an angel, a saint, or a God. I can't navigate this on my own.

Last night, I was on the phone with this man for quite some time. I listened to him express his anger. I answered his questions the best I could, and I was as honest I could be including saying that fear and shame kept my mouth shut. Is that an excuse? No. It is the reason. Was it the right and best thing? No. I can't change the past, but I can manage the future differently.

And the truth is that I am having a hard time separating out my responsibility in this and his. I am not wholly to blame nor am I guilt free. I made poor choices, and he did as well. But, regardless of the reality, the truth is that I feel as if the responsibility is wholly mine to bear. Feelings aren't right or wrong but they can be needle sharp and debilitating.

This is a situation that words can't fix. I can't make things better, though I am skilled at making things worse. Thank you for those that reached out and offered love and support last night.

This blog is my apology to him, myself, and my community.


  1. i shared this post on fb, but then immediately took it down. this is an essay i wish everybody could read to show that there are real feelings around these issues, not just mindless sex and callous lack of care. you show th ecomplexities of this situation, and i wish more people could hear this story. but they should hear it from you (even if anonymous) rather than in some viral state.

  2. Recieved, thanked, comforted, and still loved. You are still good, even better for being truthful.

  3. looks like you stood up, and took responsibility. everyone makes mistakes, you've owned up and tried your level damnedest to do what is right in the aftermath. there was no malice in what happened, and i for one applaud your efforts to rectify the situation, and for taking responsibility.
    sounds like the only thing left to do is forgive yourself. remember if you need anything i'm here.
    much love to you,
    steph fr facehole

  4. we are all human, we do things that are regrettable. its how we handle these situations and the aftermath that is the hardest. i am not perfect, but i try to be. i applaud your transparency and your devotion to your community.
    i appreciate you more now then before. it takes a big person to admit your mistakes. AKA your growing up, if you need anything..holla at cha boi!!!


  5. I keep smashing my head into a wall. I could have done better. I could have disclosed sooner. I could have tried harder. I appreciate all of your words.

  6. Forgive yourself Brandon. I have and always will look up to you with so much respect. I am so proud of you for honesty. Mistakes happen learn from them and move forward.
    Love ya

  7. You have done tremendous human revolution and have created good causes. How many could do what you have done - be open, honest and COMPASSIONATE? Now, be COMPASSIONATE with and for yourself!

    Your myoho sis,

  8. I think that the fact that you had the character to tell the guy about the situation says more about you than the fact that you made a mistake.

    I know of a few times it has happened and the positive person just said nothing and hoped for the best. In the one case where sero-conversion happened the positive guy just blamed the other for being a slut saying if he had unprotected sex with him then he would have done it with others to deflect accusation.

    Have you realised the trigger that lead to you making an error of judgement? If so you can comfort yourself in not allowing it to happen again.

    It was is a hard lesson I know but one that you have learnt well.



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