by Robert L. Horton

The potential to sin is within all of us,
But when you've been betrayed it's hard for you to trust-
Serendipitously, I was diagnosed with HIV in 2003,
I thought something like this could never happen to me.

I am truly heartbroken from all the years I invested,
I naively thought that I didn't need to be tested-
Until I discovered something my husband didn't want me to know,
That he gave me HIV while being on the down-low.

I thought we were secure and that he was my friend,
Now I'm not sure if I can ever love that way again- 
Forgiving him was the hardest thing I've ever had to do,
What happened to me hopefully will never happen to you.

Ladies if you are sexually active please remember this,
Know your status, use protection, and reduce your risk-
HIV is affecting us disproportionately is what you must understand,
Because the survival of our race is in our own hands.


Let us unite and take a stand against this insidious disease 
that is destroying our people, especially our women- 
the hope of any people.

"Nationally, Black women account for 66% of new cases of HIV among women. 
HIV/AIDS related illness is now the leading cause of death among 
Black women ages 25-34."

"1 in 30 Black women will be diagnosed with HIV during her lifetime."

"Black women account for 9 out of 10 of new HIV infections."

HIV by Robert L. Horton

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