(WREG) — (CBS) — Twenty years ago, Maria Davis got tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as part of an application for a life insurance policy. She thought nothing of it until week and a half later, when she received a letter in the mail telling her she’d tested positive.
“It was devastating,” she told CBS News. “I didn’t know anyone else who was HIV positive. Back then it was known as the ‘Monster’ and thought of as a gay white man’s disease.”
Davis, a native of New York City who is now 55, soon learned that she contracted the virus from her then fiancé, who knew he was infected but did not tell her. With a successful career as a hip-hop promoter, working with artists like Jay Z, Queen Latifa, and P. Diddy, she felt she needed to keep her illness secret.
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