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Coming out

A selection of HIV/AIDS related personal stories written by different people from all around the world and sent to AVERT.

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Coming out has always been a taboo in Asia. In my community, it is thought of as a selfish act which will bring nothing but harm to the people around the person. The coming out came more easily then I have thought. My friends were really cool and didn't really mind. If they did mind they were decent enough not to show it. Now I'm working on coming out to my family.

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George 1

Hello, my name is George. I am 16 years old and I am gay. I dont know how my family Will react? How my friends will react? I have attempted to find a friend on Facebook who has similar love for my idol Lady GaGa ( who's fans have love
for the gay community). I intend to tell them that I am gay just to have that relief.

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Doug 1

I am a 19 year old college student... I've had 3 sexual partners in my life, 2 being guys and 1 being a girl. ... I plan on keeping my masculinity strong because I like it and I want people to know that gay/bisexual people are not what society sees them as. We are people that are just the same as a heterosexual person that want equality and not to throw it in their faces or anything but I do believe that homosexuality has been out as long as heterosexuality has!

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Stephanie 1

I am 17, and though i have never had a boyfriend or girlfriend, i know i am bisexual. I haven't told any of my close friends yet, i think i am just waiting for the right moment. At least that's what i tell myself. I am nervous even though i know they'll accept it.

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Lucy 1

I am really confused on if i am a lesbian or not. If I told my family that i liked women, they would probably laugh in my face and tell me I am too young to know what I want. But I can't control my thoughts. I have been trying to figure out who i am. I went through the same thing 2 years ago... But i convinced myself that it was just a stage in my life.

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