James, this chapter is the darkest and best so far. I remember going to a clinic with a dear friend of mine for results many years ago. They had told him the same thing, bring someone, just in case. I think I was more of a nervous wreck than he was. When they told him he was negative, I cried. When they told him to come back in 6 months to be re-tested, he cried. Thankfully, some 20 odd years later, he’s still negative.
I’ve lost a couple of friends for various reasons, but not to this. I can only imagine how awful it is. I think the movie Philadelphia hit me the hardest, showing how bad it gets.
Thank you for sharing all of this.