My name is Frankie hailing from New Orleans currently living the dream in Manhattan.
I am here to be quite frank with you.
Two years ago today I found out I was HIV positive and my life changed forever ultimately for the better (a blessing in disguise). I was told to focus on the 'positive' and that life would be okay. Did I cry? Absolutely. I cried my eyes out but I could not change what had been done so I moved forward with a new mindset.
The 'Joe' you read about in the article (http://southfloridagaynews.com/Columns/column-the-importance-of-getting-tested-for-hiv.html) was me two years ago. I am happy to say that today my health is impeccable and I am undetectable for almost a year and a half. Today I choose to let go of my secret and come out as an HIV + undetectable man who is comfortable in his skin and lives shame free. Being open about my status gives a sense of relief very similar to when I came out. I no longer have to remember who knows and who does not. This is me.
I am a bright, creative, happy, and healthy guy living life to the fullest. I hope that my coming out will help you think differently about HIV.
Know your status. Live freely.