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Recently I went to my local doctors and asked for a blood test for HIV, hep etc. I have always been 'safe' but you can never be completely safe unless you choose abstinence.

So anyway, the doctor, who was... perhaps in his 60's, just stared at me, raised an eyebrow and then without saying anything, started writing in his note pad. The look he gave me was so judgemental, like I was dirt. He then told me to go to the surgery to have the test and placed the pad face up in the reception.
The receptionist who was, perhaps 50ish looked at the pad, looked me up and down and said, "$40 please." I left for the surgery to get the blood test.

The people in the surgery were fine and to my surprise, the needles didn't hurt at all. All the hurt came way before, from the people who are supposed to care. I have not been treated with such descimination since high school and if really didn't do my self esteem much good. Surely they should encourage people to get tested regularly?

Ok, so, I am not trying to put you off getting tested, just ask your friends, do a little reseach and find a gay friendly doctor.



model: *kayne
stock: Syringe [link]
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HopeNeverLived Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011
great message with the picture and those people were jerks
Internal-Misery Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I added this as a favorite years ago and still love it.
shinedust Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
First and foremost this photo made me literally state, "ow," he's so thin & the needles are so large! :dohtwo: Crazy.

Second, how'd the doctor even know you were gay? It's not like they are suppose to ask, and hetero people go in all the time to get tested! Maybe it's because I'm in Chicago and we've got a huge GLBT community, but I've never had that happen...I'm so shocked honestly. It's part of the pride parade to pass out pamphlets and stuff with info on where to go to get tested even, like it's an important factor in the lives of....everyone, or should be.

Whatever, I applaud you for being a responsible adult and getting tested, even though you did have to put up with some major jerkish people. :( I boo-face that. :shakefist:
sebbylvr555 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
wow...that's horrible what happened...
people are unbelievable. all homophobic people should die.
that's one of the reasons I love this website. on a whole, it's homophobe free.
what an amazing deviation, such meaning and depth.
screw the world, there are people on dA that care.
ZoMg1010 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Though oddly beautiful, this is something that has brought me great sadness. To know that people are still this makes me angry. And when I see those words you put on the syringes, I was in shock and left breathless. Is this the way you feel about yourself? Or what people think of you?
Either way, I have a few things to say: Don't let anybody, ANYBODY bring you down. Ignore those bastards, they're not worth your time. This is what I tell all the people I care about. If someone insults you, don't take it to heart. If people judge you before knowing you, well that's their loss. You sound like a very nice person, and extremely fragile, by the looks of the photo. But just remember, you do have people who care about you, and that's all that really matters, right? :hug:
rav3ncald Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I noticed you have gotten alot of comments on this piece but I need to tell you this image is stamped on my brain now. It is coldly beautiful, cruely truthful, and painfully artistic. I can't describe how influencial this is and the story behind it. I hope the world becomes less judgemental so people dont have problems like that. Wonderful photo.
AlecWolfe Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
this is absolutely amazing and sooooooo sad...great work...
Vampire-knight-64 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really sorry that that happened to you, but in spite of the way you were treated you should be proud of who you are and what makes you YOU!
Electronon Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
love this
Serpentnova Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
I love the pic and the statement you have made... it is truly... wow. Sorry I don;t have better words. And I am sickened to hear of how you were treated but sadly it is such a common occurrance, it is wrong and it is disgraceful.
Stand tall and walk proud no matter who you are or who you love :)
karlarei2003 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Love this.

Though, I hate the situation you had to go through to find the inspiration.
Myst-of-Myth Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2010  Student Photographer
I love this...
eman66 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I just revisited this image for the first time in a year or so. And it still has a profound impact, wowed me, and left me lost in thought for a great deal of time. I wanted to thank you for giving the world such a powerful image. Great work, hope more is come in the future.
codsamanta Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
why did they treat you like that??
cross-Criss Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
this beatiful deviation has been featured in my new journal -> [link]
Thank you so much and have a nice day.
TaylorQueer Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
You sure found a great way to show all the feelings about that story on this simple, but amazing image. :heart:
Flashanddisplay Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
i like it its new but makes sence
greenboi Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
JimBat7 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
This really says a lot about a lot of old mind-sets that need to diminish for the sake of common decency.

Funny how it isn't that common...then again, it really isn't funny.

Though I'm not gay, I do have gay friends who I've fought for in verbal battles...even to the point where I've lost "friends" after they showed their true colors about their hateful views.

I'm sorry the inspiration for this piece even happened, but honestly, It's a damn fine piece of work if I do say so. Nice job.
LauraJeanZ Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
wow I work in health care and those people were way out of line. how rude. sorry for your bad experience. They do not teach us to be like that in school.
couleur-chocolat Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009
tallawah75 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
excellent shot from all points of view... it's metaphorically interesting and graphically well realized...
ReincarnatedParano Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is some amazingly powerful imagery. Possibly some of the best I've seen on DA. Fantastic.
Sakanoue Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
That is immense I love it. Great work and a great message. Worse so that you had to pay for it >< insult to injury!
SongsForImmortals Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
This is such a powerful photo. Even more so, since I am sht scared of needles. *Shudder.*

About the story, well, there is not much more I can say but *grrrrrr*. People like that make me so mad.
maximusthedark Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
yeah... sometimes I just don't get why people have to be so judgmental of others even if they don't even know you...
Cortemus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
this gets to me specifically from your description, very well done indeed
Alstorius Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Prety intresting but fear !!!
blkdesign7 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009
I absolutely love this piece... I've gone thru something similar myself...
BrokenBabe15 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
That is NOT a body is it? If so, that boy needs to eat
rainbowpui Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
i hate homophobs
it makes me sad cuz i used to be one of them
growing up my parents always told me being gay was a sin and disgusting and unnatural and bad
and i belived them
and then i MET a gay
he was just like anyone else except he acted feminin and liked guys
but there was nothing bad about him
its sad beacause when i tried to invite him to my birthday my parents didnt let him come
i think people have it all wrong
being gay isnt disgusting
being homophobic is
bingles Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow some people really don't care who you are when you're gay. That's sad :C
grphicsgurl Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Actions speak louder than words when dealing with people who are closed minded. Great piece. Hope your tests came back with good news
xxchromosom Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome.. my english is not the best.. but i understand your statement.. i hope the results of the tests was good(?)!

i can´t understand that people make differents between heterosexual, homosexual or what ever, people.. it makes me angry.. fuck the system.

this picture is awesome!!
WelshYankee Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
I know what thats like me and my partner when and happened to be taking about are civil partnership and this old woman doctor person wearing a cross refused to treat eaither of us. My partner who has far greater confidence in himself and has never before been bullied for being Gay turned to her and just said, "aren't you people supposed to forgive and love ?" she looked like she was going to cry but people like that deserve it.

The pic is very hard hitting and yet beautiful at the same time well done.
OxymoronicEntity Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
i know exactly what you mean about the dirty looks :@
and i love the concept in this
great idea =D
2593 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist

end of story. dont let anyone tell you otehr wise.
onexwomanxarmy Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
Amazing piece, it sends such a powerful message. Your Artist's Comment just reinforces that message. Intolerance and people who judge so quickly are just....Ugh. I don't have words for it at 3:30 am, but it makes me so angry! Keep up your fantastic work.
x-Dioxyde-x Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008
Beautiful photograph!
ItsxMagik Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
That's fucking messed up.
(The event, not the photo.)
Photo's just amazing.
Haannapaanna Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Wow. I was like charmed while reading what you wrote. Totally understand. It shouldn't be that way.
Slaxyie Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Work

Not-Undead-FUNdead Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
thats really sad but yuo pic is amazing nice work :+fav:
Ne0Geisha Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
Thats a really powerful image. Good for you.
wrong-move Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
0Dreamy4Me Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2008   Artisan Crafter
Interesting pic! I like how you labeled the needles into different categories. ...and Damn, that BODY is skinny! that you??
Thank you for sharing your story with us, made some good points.
I used to work in the Healthcare Industry, and NEVER treated people with disrespect like that. I took great pride in what i did, and (yes, i drew blood for 12 years, too) worked with HIV patients, and people with blood disorders. I found it quite interesting, and am glad to have had the experiences.
I hope this experience didn't leave a bittersweet taste in your mouth, and will not be discouraged from going again when you feel the time is necessary. REMEMBER! This is YOUR BODY , YOUR LIFE, and if you are not concerned with your well-being, nobody else will be either. STAND UP for yourself and your beliefs! YAY!! :sun:
Blessed Be, !~
kanefan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
Aww, that's bad luck.. I have a really friendly doctor who told me that it was "responsible" for me to take HIV-test, but I really feel for you, having to deal with that kind of discrimination.
eeeyyyeee Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Why this piece didn't get a daily deviation yet? It should.
The-Laurasaur Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
this is just plain awesome.
thanks for putting it up.
fallen-aggelos Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Hobbyist
Very intense... Used it here -->[link]

Hope you don't mind...
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