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    It is a natural reaction for someone who finds out that they are HIV+ to think that they are damaged goods and no one will want them anymore, even if it isn't the truth.
    I myself experienced precisely those feelings after my seroconversion.  As you say, they're a natural reaction to the shock and trauma of an HIV diagnosis.

    The problem here is that, as I understand it, the film doesn't go on to show either Melinda or Judith finding love again.  Thus, the audience is left with the unadorned message that being HIV+ means you'll spend the rest of your life alone.  It's also a message that's a logical outgrowth of the "HIV as punishment" theme.

    Interestingly, Melinda, who presumably acquired HIV because she was abused by Harley, looks perfectly healthy throughout the film.  Judith, on the other hand, looks old and infirm at the end.  Melinda might be viewed as an "innocent" victim of HIV, so she is spared the full punishment meted out to Judith, who is portrayed as complicit in her seroconversion.

    "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

    by FogCityJohn on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 11:36:54 AM PDT

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