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Dying Alone

A daughter’s quest to find answers

Chelsea Jones | 10/18/2013, 9:05 a.m.
Screen graphic of Dying Alone That's Our Truth Productions

Later in the play, Regina and Karen break into Mya’s apartment when she is not there to find more information about why she is interning at Hope House. After her father’s death, Mya had received her dad’s HIV positive test results from his doctor. The two friends stumble upon these results and think that Mya is HIV positive.

When they go back to Mya’s apartment, they enter it wearing scrubs and constantly spray Lysol and use hand sanitizer. Mya is suspicious of their behavior and asks them what’s wrong. They finally tell her that they found the test results and think that she’s HIV positive. They also communicate that they have started telling people this.

Upset, Mya informs them that she is not HIV positive and tells them that the test results were her father’s. She reprimands them, explaining that there is a stigma associated with the disease because of people like them.

In the meantime, Mya develops a close relationship with another patient at Hope House, Lawrence, who has AIDS. Lawrence, a former second-string NFL player, contracted the virus from having unprotected sex with several women.

Mya tells Lawrence that she chose to intern at the home to make sense of why her father felt that he could not tell her that he was HIV positive. He replies that it’s not easy for people with HIV/AIDS to divulge their status to others, especially family members.

He explains that people in his position are often ostracized by their family and society, and as a result, die alone. He suggests that her father kept his illness a secret to avoid being treated as an outcast.

On another note, Moss gave viewers facts about HIV/AIDS. During one scene, Mya teaches Regina and Karen that HIV infection results from close contact with bodily fluids that carry HIV antibodies, such as blood and genital secretions. She instructs that a person can get the disease through blood transfusions, unprotected sex, shared-needle use and sometimes breast milk.

In addition, she explained that HIV develops into AIDS. She goes on to mention the statistics, stating that in 2011, the estimated number of those in the U.S. diagnosed with HIV was 43,000. Seven thousand were Hispanics, 12,000 were Whites, and 22,000 were Blacks. She urges her friends to get tested.

Moreover, Moss showed that the disease does not discriminate based on a person’s number of sexual partners.

During the play, Regina and Karen decide to get tested. Regina, who has had multiple partners, is found to be HIV negative. However, Karen, who has had one partner, learns that she is HIV positive.

Devastated, Karen gives an account of how she had unprotected sex one night after meeting someone at the club. Moss, putting an interesting twist in the play, revealed that the person Karen slept with was Lawrence.

Moss also depicted the tragic reality of the disease. Ashley, who is 18 years old, contracted HIV from her mother, a heroin addict, during birth. Her mother died shortly after she was born.