Asking a casual or an ongoing partner to take an HIV test right in the bedroom may sound shocking, and our participants' partners were often taken aback, to say the least. But for the most par, they understood the logic of the request.
In January 1991 I attended my father's funeral after he died from complications related to AIDS. Attending the funeral was a different experience for me, as I was just one month shy of my fourth birthday.
Doris is a tall, thin woman with sweet, smiling eyes and skin the color of dark, rich chocolate. When I meet her, she's sitting peacefully outside in a plastic deck chair, cradling a baby. She's 27 years old, and she's HIV-positive.