Tony Morrison is the senior director of communication at GLAAD and offers advice to those who have been HIV-positive.
Morrison told Sonia Baghdady, of Advocate Now, that he was first diagnosed in 2013 and despite the uphill battle he has overcome he is stronger than ever. He had kept his diagnosis under the rug out of shame, but was motivated to write a personal essay in 2021.
Tony Morrison opens up about HIV diagnosis
Morrison tells us that “HIV was the best thing I managed in my life. That’s insane to say.” “I just felt like I shouldn’t live in shame, because so many people didn’t. When I allowed myself to live that way, life became really great for me.
Morrison, who felt like his power was “taken away,” was able to “really examine myself in the reflection and give that power back to me.” While a diagnosis can leave you feeling powerless, taking the proper medication will allow you to become “undetectable,” i.e., they won’t be able spread the virus. They can also “live healthy and long lives.”
There are many resources available to people, but they may not be aware of them.