Harold Ray "Scottie" Scott
I am a native Tennessean, having grown up in a small, rural area of the state, on the family farm, some 85 miles east of Nashville,in a county with a population of less than 10,000. I tested positive for HIV, on October 24, 1991, and, "went public" with my status, on World AIDS Day, 1994. It was at that time, that I became a public speaker/educator, going out into my own community, to educate others about life with HIV/AIDS, in rural America, sharing my own story of being gay, and what has become a twenty plus years journey, of living with the epidemic, that has swept our nation, and world. I have no degrees, rather, only a high school graduate, but felt I needed to be the one to put a face to HIV/AIDS, and, have been the only person (1994) to ever do so, in my area of Tennessee. I am a former factory worker, later becoming a floral designer, and I am the former Co Chair of The Upper Cumberland Regional Ryan White HIV/AIDS Education & Awareness Committee. I currently live with my same sex partner, just outside Nashville Tennessee, having left my former job, due to illness, but, still do speaking and educational programs from time to time, strictly as a volunteer, with no monetary compensation. I also volunteer in the local hospital, to occupy my "down" time, and am a resource for those newly diagnosed with HIV. I by no means claim to be a professional of any kind, or an expert writer, but, am just a regular person, who feels my own personal experience often makes a great impact on those who hear my story. E-Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on twitter at @aftrhrs.