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Photographer Reveals AIDS Diagnosis To Loved Ones While Capturing Their Responses On Camera

Jessica Rivera

The phrase "I have something to tell you" carries with it a combination of apprehension, guilt, excitement and fear. When those six words are uttered, the lives of everyone involved usually become hinged upon the news that follows.
For Adrain Chesser and his loved ones, that news was his AIDS diagnosis.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is so poignant: "When I thought about having to disclose my illness to my friends I would panic, which didn’t make sense, because I have an amazing group of friends who are all very loving and supportive," Chesser explained to The Huffington Post. "I realized that these intense emotions where actually based in my childhood fear of abandonment. Growing up gay in a small town in a very religious family, the fear of being found out and cast out was always present and right under the surface. It occurred to me that if I ritualized the act of telling, that it might be possible to transform these childhood fears that were still effecting me as an adult."

    • Jessica Rivera

      Gosh, I know. He's so brave...and wise to capture this. I can imagine his example being so freeing for others who are stuck with painful secrets because of hurtful pasts.