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A couple reflects a loss of AIDS that brought them together: NPR



Larry Dearmon (left) and Stephen Mills posing in 2013 on their wedding day at Lake Tahoe.

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Larry Dearmon (left) and Stephen Mills posing in 2013 on their wedding day in Lake Tahoe.

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Larry Dearmon met Stephen Mills in 1992 at the height of the epidemic of HIV and AIDS.

In an interview with StoryCorps, the couple reflects a loss that brought them together – the death of Larry's former partner, Michael Braig of AIDS.

"When I first met him, I was in the army and he looked good, he was extremely intelligent and ambitious, he loved everyone," Larry says.

Stephen asks him to describe what happened when Michael was diagnosed with HIV who later turned to AIDS.

Michael Braig poses for a photo in Frankfurt am Main. He died of AIDS in 1991.

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"He did a test, I came home from work and he cried and knew immediately that he was HIV positive," says Larry. "And I said to Michael, I'm still here and I'm not going anywhere."

Larry's relationship with Michael was still very new at the time, having only been six months together before Michael was diagnosed.

"You could have cut and run very easily, but you stayed nine years," says Stephen.

Larry was Michael's caregiver until the end of his life in 1991.

"When he died, I tidied him, changed his clothes, and then called his mother," says Larry. "The hardest thing After Michael died, Larry was upset, the couple had lived in Germany, and after Michael's death Larry moved to Arkansas to have close friends. "It was [Michael’s] the idea that I later moved to Little Rock because we knew the end was coming, "says Larry Stephen," and I moved, and a few months later, I met you. "

Larry says he loves that Stephen does not feel threatened by his relationship in the past. For Stephen, his husband feels very comfortable in their relationship. That Larry stayed with Michael and takes care of him shows that "if we had a hard time or if I was sick, you would stay with me," says Stephen. Stephen says that he is one of the most loved people ever met.

"They show me that you love me every day," says Stephen. "They tell me that you love me every day."

"Because," says Larry, "you never know how many days you have left."

Audio produced for Morning Edition by Kelly Moffitt and Von Diaz .

. StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization that gives people the opportunity to question friends and relatives about their lives. These discussions will be archived at the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center so that participants can leave a legacy for future generations. For more information on how to interview someone in your life, see StoryCorps.org .


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