Living with AIDS in Apache culture

Living with AIDS in Apache culture

San Carlos man talks about need for AIDS education

Source: Eastern Arizona Courier
By Diane Saunders, Staff Writer
http://eacourier.com

Today is the first National Native American HIV/AIDS Aware-ness Day, and Isadore Boni, a San Carlos Apache, knows firsthand about the stigma and rejection experienced by a homosexual afflicted with AIDS — especially in American Indian communities.

“I have been shunned by the tribe, but I also have forgiven those who have hurt me,” Boni said. “I’m not ashamed of being gay; I’m not ashamed of having AIDS.”