As a Lifestyle Examiner, our mission is to interact and interview people living their life to the fullest regardless of their obstacles. Some of the people we interview will give account of their personal trials and tribulations. This week’s lifestyle story comes from David J. Delaware, a Texas gospel singer that felt that his story was necessary for him reach people that have had similar experiences. In addition he wanted to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS.
David J. Delaware is a lead singer of David Delaware & Devine Sound who recently he boldly told his story about being HIV positive. David feels that telling his story is more of an awareness than anything. Not only is David very candid about his situation, but he also welcomes questions from others going through the same situation to contact him to ask questions about AIDS and HIV. David states that he’s grateful for organizations like Project H.O.T.,an organization that helps David cope with his current condition. Project: H.O.T. is an organization that strives to help prevent the spread of HIV through condom and lube distribution and prevention education,and help find HIV by providing free rapid HIV testing,help control HIV through linkage to care that provides HIV positive individuals with the opportunity to live strong and healthy lives. David is using his condition to be a motivator for people who may not understand the struggle of not being loved and accepted like they want to be loved and accepted. Also wanting to help people that experience hearing all of the mean things that people say about the condition due to the lack of knowledge. David feels if people could walk a mile in his shoes they would feel both the pain and hurt that he has once felt from the treatment of others due to his condition.
During our recent interview, David reminisced on receiving a letter from the health department read like this in so many words: Your lifestyle has caught up with you and you have been naughty . You have contracted something possibly, but we wanna make sure it’s positively HIV. Now, it didn’t mention those 4 capital letters-AIDS. but knowing that was the only test I took, didn’t make it better. So I called the number and made the appointment, now reflecting on all the days of my enjoyment, considering I am only 23, with plenty of life ahead of me, and yes I have BIG dreams.Two days from now comes the answer to “it”, do I or do I not have is the question, I reminisce on all the days I was promiscuous and WOW, I hadn’t realized how reckless I had been not listening to the words of the wise.The day has come and in the office I begin to pray “Dear God, please forgive me of my sins I didn’t know what I was doing.” My heart begins the beat of fear; the butterflies have come out of their cocoons, floating in my belly as I enter the room.The counselor comes in with his paper and pen, I try to see his facial expression, but there is none. “Well Mr. Delaware your test came back positive, so according to the CDC that means you have HIV, but don’t give up hope you can still live your life, just not as carefree as you may wanna be.He broke everything down and gave me some literature to read. My next steps were to see a doctor for more testing and locate the one who infected me, a task I focus on fearfully.I get out my old black books and cry as I sit on my bed, here I am 23, HIV positive and scared. WHY! I scream this is just a dream, but the pinch didn’t wake me, just bruised me. I’m dying because my ignorance has overcome me.No not my ignorance there hatefulness. A young black boy with a dream of becoming more than what they said i would. David urges everyone to get tested for HIV and other sexual transmitted diseases.
When asked for advice that he wanted to share with other David stated that the following:
“HIV has no discrimination between age, sexual orientation, gender or race. I didn’t tell my story in order for others to have someone to laugh at, but I’m telling my story in order for others to beware of HIV and AIDS and to be safe. My life has changed and I thank God for His grace and mercy. Through it all, God continues to lead and cover me. Honestly, the path I was taking was definitely the wrong one. Now since my life has changed I ask the Lord to keep me day by day in a pure and perfect way. My ultimate goal is to live in a building not made by man.”