Al Gore once said: "Denial is not a river in Egypt"
The truth is that denial is a basic coping strategy that many - most? - of us use.
For a person with HIV this is all the more so.
We are dealing with a very sick man - who is in a very poor relationship with his wife.
He says that he got HIV while he was working in Africa. So far ok.
He says that he got it "through the air - because there is so much of it there."
His HIV negative wife is not buying that. He clings to the shreds of his own denial. The truth looms darker and he is alone.
Truth is a bitter pill at times. But very very very necessary.
Denial is deadly.