So I logged on to Twitter this morning (you can follow me @HeatherBoerner) and this is what I saw when I searched for #HIVLoveWins, the hashtag for our chat tomorrow morning with Positively Negative couple Susan and Dan Hartmann:
And it continues from there. At current count, at 10:17 a.m. PT on Tuesday, there are already 29 tweets at the #HIVLoveWins hashtag. Just imagine what it will be like tomorrow at 8am, when we all converge and talk about what it's like to be an HIV-affected couple with a natural longing for a family.
I hope you will join us--especially if you, like the Hartmanns, are an HIV-affected couple in search of a family. I hear from clinicians that most couples are reticent to be public--and for understandable reasons. It's the same reason Poppy and her husband are anonymous in my book.
But that doesn't mean you can't share your story. Use a throw-away Gmail account to create an anonymous Twitter account, and join us.
I wrote Positively Negative because I got the sense that most couples live in isolation, often hiding their status from the world. Sunlight and connection are healing. And Twitter is nothing if not a place to connect. So I encourage you to take a few minutes, join in, and at least read along. And then, if you're willing, let me know how it affected you at heather @ heatherboerner.com.
And there's an update! In addition to Susan and Dan Hartmann, Caroline Watson and Shannon Weber, a lot of heavy hitters will be joining the conversation. Talk to folks at AVAC, women from the Atlanta-based, woman-centered HIV-prevention group SisterLove, The Well Project, AVAC, PACPI and others. If you are curious about HIV prevention and pregnancy, these are the people to ask, and you'll have a rare opportunity tomorrow.
So at 8 a.m. Pacific/11 a.m. Eastern TOMORROW, Wednesday, May 7, jump on Twitter, do a search for #HIVLoveWins, and join the chat. Ask your questions. Share your story. Break the stigma and learn about the science.
#HIVLoveWins when we come out of the shadows. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.