“Mom, I’m HIV-positive.”

Published 15, Feb, 2018
Author // Guest Authors - Revolving Door

A poem by guest author, Janice S. Urbsaitis.

“Mom, I’m HIV-positive.”

“Mom, I’m HIV-positive.”

When I hear those words,

I want to grab all the best experts and latest practices,

to advocate for human rights and access to care,

and to reject HIV criminalization.

But most of all, I want to hold you close in a big hug.

I want you to know

that you are loved

no less than you have always been

but more!

Your strengths can’t be taken from you--

You flash with energy even while standing still.

You excel in languages,

and in your studies.

What are you most proud of about yourself?

Your kindness? Your courage? Your perseverance?

What’s your most difficult choice that you’ve had to make

to fulfill your destiny?

You’re still the best person to do this.

Sharing birthdays, pivotal moments and jokes

I honor your life.

Everyone’s read about it but experiencing HIV is different.

We can talk about it or we can

not talk about it.

We need to ask what you need and then really listen

with our hearts.

So, how are you learning to breathe again?

You have to know it’s possible.

There is always hope.

Everyone wants to know that we matter.

That’s an amazing gift to give--

People who show up for you.

We will get through this.

In everyone’s life, at some time,

our inner fire bursts into flame

by an encounter with another human being.

You create and direct ARSA.

Cycling annually across South Africa

to help end the suffering caused by this pandemic;

to spark understanding

for millions of men, women and children

living with HIV and AIDS;

through education and awareness,

opening the door for people to speak to one another,

kicking stigma out of a lot of fearful rooms.

Inspired by love your mission cannot fail.

We’ll keep cycling until we find a cure.

What’s the best piece of advice you received

that you actually followed?

What does it mean to you to hear the truth:

you are a miracle come true for us!

Whose life was changed by you?

How many other lives does one life impact

that we never will know?

Never forget:

You matter!


Janice S. Urbsaitis

About the Author

Guest Authors - Revolving Door

Guest Authors - Revolving Door

The Revolving Door is the place where we publish occasional articles by guest writers. If you would like to submit an article for publication, please contact editor Bob Leahy at editor@positivelite.com