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COMMENT: George Michael can’t shrug off HIV

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  1. I can scarcely believe that pinknews has published this bigoted, one-sided diatribe.”Yet the man runs from himself and turns his back on everything he stands for when he refuses to get tested for HIV”Last time I checked, George Michael was a guy with a better than average voice that makes records. I am not aware that being blessed with a better voice than me, he is exempt from the fear and worry that we all suffer from time to time. Is it really fair to him that we should expect him to be?Having an HIV test is an entirely personal choice. I am disgusted that this guy should be demonised for a decision not to have one.There may be a strong medical case for testing, but no one really knows what is going on his head. I’m sure he knows the medial case for testing, but he unlike us, DOES know what is going on in his mind.HIV testing is not compulsory and, as long as it isn’t, George Michael and anyone else are entirely at liberty not to have one.I have HIV and I’m going to die much earlier than I would have likely died had I not contracted it. The infection caused a chain of events that will ultimately cause (or to be more correct “are causing”) a painful and unpleasant death. No vaccine, cure, or improvements in combination therapies will save me, or even stave off the inevitable now. Every hope and dream I had for the future have been thwarted. Everything I worked so hard for will soon be gone.My situation may not be so common these days, but I am by no means unique.HIV for Ryan may be standing on a soap box burning his bra, but for some of us it is still that apocalyptic image of an iceberg.

  2. I fully support george in his right to decide if he wants a test or not. Its up to him.

  3. Whilst Im disappointed that George Michael didn’t take the test (perhaps it could have helped many people who are too nervous, perhaps not), the very fact that the test is being discussed is a good thing.

  4. Andrew Werling 28 Nov 2011, 12:24am

    No, he’s a singer, not a role model. He’s a human being entitled to his own decisions and the messiness that comes with being alive in our world. His HIV-testing choices are between him and his partner(s). They have nothing to with me or with you.

    1. Incredulous 28 Nov 2011, 2:38pm

      Sure it’s his choice, but it looks like that choice may be biting him in the ass now. If his pneumonia is what people suspect it is – PCP, an opportunistic infection related to uncontrolled hiv infection – he could have prevented it by getting tested and getting on treatment before his CD4 counts put him in danger of an OI.

      I sincerely hope that he decided after 2007 to get tested, that he tested hiv negative, and this pneumonia is simply “community acquired” as the doctors are claiming. I’m not holding my breath though.

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