For Six Days, I Almost Had HIV

June 30, 2014 9:21 PM

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For Six Days, I Almost Had HIV

As a woman with an (un)healthy suspicion of all men, I get tested for STDs pretty regularly. Last fall, what started as girl talk and gossip on a Saturday after brunch gradually evolved into a discussion about acidic fear of STDs. My brunch companion suddenly announced an urgent need to get checked, and I -- confident about my health -- was more than willing to schedule an appointment alongside her. Since health care eluded me last fall, I kept my free clinic appointment even when my friend canceled hers.

They played The Goonies in the waiting room of Planned Parenthood. I silently chuckled to myself as I realized that every eye would rather watch the screen than catch another. Every other seat was filled with 20-somethings, their eyes following the boobie traps that sideswiped the boys on TV and alm...

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