Lorenzo tested positive for HIV in November of 2008 when he was 21 years old. Lorenzo had a feeling he was positive and got tested after his then sexual partner told him he had AIDS. After Lorenzo was told by the doctor, he started crying. "I'm not crying because I'm HIV positive...I'm crying because it is the end of what was, I'm crying because I let myself get this way."
Dennis tested positive for HIV on March 25, 1994. Dennis went to the clinic after he had been suffering with the worst strep throat and mouth ulcers for ten days. They gave him an antibiotic and the strep throat went away, three days later his lymph nodes swelled to golf ball size. When Dennis went back to the clinic, they told him that they had run the HIV test on him (without his knowledge) and he was positive. He had no idea he was going to be finding out the results that day.
Lorenzo has been living with HIV for 5 years and Dennis has been living with HIV for 19 years. These are their stories.
Austin Faces AIDS: Portraits of People Living with HIV and AIDS,” is an intimate multimedia portrait project to promote HIV and AIDS awareness and reduce stigma by putting a local face to this disease.