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“Good Morning America” producer & host Tony Morrison opens up about living with HiV

On the eighth anniversary of his HIV diagnosis, ABC News producer Tony Morrison opens up for the first time about his experience living with HIV in a personal essay.

Here are some excerpts:

I have been living with HIV for eight years.

It has taken me eight years and a global pandemic to be able to articulate those words confidently and put to paper.

Not a day has gone by that I didn’t feel shame, fear, guilt and often, anguish. And I have lived every single one of those days carrying a weight of humiliation, because that’s what society told me I should feel; that’s what our society told me I deserved. And I know that’s what society has probably whispered to you too, about people like me.

I allowed myself to think my shame was justified.

I accepted a life as a degenerate.

And I convinced myself I could never be worthy of love.

For eight years, I dealt with my diagnosis in hiding and I grieved in silence.

Until now.

I wish I could say that I chose this time to speak out, except, I feel that it’s this time we are in that chose me. During the pandemic, with nowhere else to look but the mirror, I found the courage to face myself and the fortitude to live honestly and openly.

Now, as I look ahead to what my post-COVID life could be, I refuse to return to the world as that same person I left it, hiding in the shadows of my shame.

Read full essay at GMA.com

FILE UNDER: HIV-AIDS

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