When you are diagnosed as a person with AIDS you quickly discover who really loves you. In my case that turned out to be friends and my entire family, even people I barely knew. That's a great feeling, and combined with a natural inclination to weed out the unessential things in life - the things that aren't fun or aren't important - it's made me some kind of better person. deeper, maybe more substantial.

The ironic part of all this is that it's hard to imagine anyone falling in love with this new man, trapped inside a ravaged body. Still, hope hasn't died in my romantic heart, though it's pulse is weak.

- Mark Carson
New York, New York

Mark died on August 31, 1994