World AIDS Day: “I felt that my blood and my semen were toxic and that I was a danger to others.”

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  • Norberto Pardes
  • BBC Mondo

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Christopher Klettermayr initially used a pseudonym so that he could talk about AIDS

“I would never have imagined, as a white and gay Western European man, that my test (HIV test) would be positive.”

This is what Christopher Klettermayr – also known by his pen name Philip Spiegel – a 38-year-old Austrian national who discovered he was infected with HIV in 2014.

It was a day he still remembers as if it had happened yesterday.

His discovery was not in Austria, but in India, where he was assigned to a photojournalistic assignment, and was planning to go to a Hindu temple there.

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