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Thanks for the side effects. . Its summer time again. . UGH. . time for shorts?

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razzmaniac:
I know there are tons of threads about this issue. Mine is just to hear other peoples experiences.
Of course, i have that rediculously unnecessary side effect of lipo in the legs and it has kept me from wearing shorts in public and enjoying the many summer activities with friends. I have quite a few heterosexual friends and am a very active guy and play a lot of sports. Summer seems to be the time i dread because i go "into hiding" so to speak. I cant beach it, i cant boat it, cant go to pool parties, even kayaking is out with friends. Im constantly hearing friends ask why i dont wear shorts and some saying "my goal is to see him in shorts this summer".
When is the time and how does one finally break the silence of their status and physical condition. . . or do i just do the usual and go into hiding till the cold weather comes back?
I used to be horrified by all this and how its changed my social life, but now its kind of laughable how a fucking side effect can be so life altering.
What have other people done in this situation? How have you coped?

mecch:
Do the friends know you are HIV+?  Is so, I'm sure if you tell them of this side effect, and how it makes you uncomfortable, they will provide support and also reassure you that its not the sum total of who you are.  Your appearance is naturally more important to yourself, than to how friends perceive you.  They like you for who you are, not how attractive your legs are.

razzmaniac:
Most dont know im poz. . .the appearance of my legs is very important to me. . its tough trying to play sports in shorts when people think it "hurts" or say your veins creep them out. . . ya, thats kinda emotionally disturbing. . HA!

mitch777:

--- Quote from: razzmaniac on June 05, 2013, 08:41:13 AM ---Most dont know im poz. . .the appearance of my legs is very important to me. . its tough trying to play sports in shorts when people think it "hurts" or say your veins creep them out. . . ya, thats kinda emotionally disturbing. . HA!

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Hi Razz and welcome!
I have very skinny legs and wear shorts as much as possible!
I don't care what others think.
It's THEIR problem (if it even exists) and I wouldn't avoid enjoyment in life due to what others think in any case.
You only live once. :)

razzmaniac:
Thanks for that bud. . i will say, my legs arent skinny skinny. . i have muscular calves. . .just the damn bulgy blues. . HA!!! maybe a tan will help? HA!

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