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by Shawn Decker

Author: Shawn Decker
Subcategory: Professionals & Academics
Language: English
Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 1 edition (September 21, 2006)
Pages: 240 pages
Category: Biographies
Rating: 4.8
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But the book isn't just funny, it is insightful, moving and an extraordinary perspective on the AIDS epidemic through the eyes and experience of a young heterosexual man from Jerry Falwell country, in rural western Virginia. and even more importantly, TELLING ALL YOUR FRIENDS to read it!

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Shawn Decker was born in Waynesboro, Virginia on July 16, 1975

Shawn Decker was born in Waynesboro, Virginia on July 16, 1975.

Shawn Decker isn't quite the All-American boy. Sure, he gets caught shoplifting copies of Penthouse; is crazy about prowrestling, especially "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair; and never has a problem getting dates

Shawn Decker isn't quite the All-American boy. Sure, he gets caught shoplifting copies of Penthouse; is crazy about prowrestling, especially "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair; and never has a problem getting dates. But he's also a hemophiliac who discovers, at age eleven, that he has contracted HIV from tainted blood products

Shawn Decker has hemophilia and while being treated for various bleeds with blood products he was infected with two hepatitus viruses and HIV. Yes, it sucks and is unfair. Yes, there was school district discrimination and lots of community muttering

Shawn Decker has hemophilia and while being treated for various bleeds with blood products he was infected with two hepatitus viruses and HIV. Yes, there was school district discrimination and lots of community muttering. Shawn Decker shows us his own personal totally human way through the years. It is easy for disconnected adults to say that an HIV+ person (positoid!) should inform all partners about the HIV status and it another for a teenager to determind the point where a potential or active girlfriend needs to know.

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My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure is a humorous memoir about growing up with HI. tty bad, but it might help.

My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure is a humorous memoir about growing up with HIV. It was published b. .tty bad, but it might help me live a little bit longer. Today, I take two pills (two different drugs) with my first meal of the day. No side effects. My viral load has been undetectable for most of the last 15 years. Science has shown that those with a consistent undetectable viral load who are on effective HIV treatment can not pass the virus to others.

Author: Decker, Shawn Publisher: TarcherPerigee. Condition: Very Good. Binding: Paperback Publish date: 2006. Not only that, my parents named me Shawn Timothy Decker, which makes my initials . Shawn Decker isn't quite the All-American boy. But he's also a hemophiliac who discovers, at age eleven, that he has contracted HIV from tainted blood products.

Shawn Decker's life was shaped by medical adversity from day one. Despite being born with mild hemophilia, he enjoyed a pretty normal childhood that included baseball and . My Pet Virus is Shawn's first book. Despite being born with mild hemophilia, he enjoyed a pretty normal childhood that included baseball and neighborhood games of football with friends. Infected with HIV through the use of tainted blood products, Shawn was expelled from public school just after his HIV diagnosis at age 11. (He was eventually readmitted. For the next ten years, Shawn kept his HIV status to himself, barely talking to his parents or doctors and never mentioning his pet virus by name.

Iwas destined for a life of medical drama from day one," begins this comic memoir with a mission. "I was born in the month of July, and my horoscope sign is a disease (Cancer). The symbol for Cancer? A crab (the sexually transmitted critter). Not only that, my parents named me Shawn Timothy Decker, which makes my initials S.T.D. Shawn Decker isn't quite the All-American boy. Sure, he gets caught shoplifting copies of Penthouse; is crazy about prowrestling, especially "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair; and never has a problem getting dates. But he's also a hemophiliac who discovers, at age eleven, that he has contracted HIV from tainted blood products. Instead of becoming self-pitying and dying (as first predicted), Shawn develops a twisted sense of humor, meets Depeche Mode through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and writes on blogs and in Poz magazine about what it's like being hetero and HIV-positive in rural Virginia. He also turns to gay men for advice on dating women and, almost twenty years after getting HIV, marries Gwenn Barringer, who is HIV-negative and a former competitor for the title of Miss Virginia. Together Shawn and Gwenn travel the country, speaking to high school and college kids about how to live and love with HIV (and how to avoid getting it).