My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

11376814.gifby Shawn Decker

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The way Shawn Timothy Decker sees it, he was fated from Day One. His horoscope sign is the Crab, a sexually transmitted critter, and his initials are STD. Seen thusly, there seemed to be no major mystery why this straight, hemophiliac boy from rural Virginia would get HIV when he was just 11. When Shawn’s “pet virus” arrived, it was accompanied by far more than medical complications. His hilarious, slyly wise autobiography drew this envious review from Augusten Burroughs: “Maybe if I had Shawn’s resilience and talent, I wouldn’t be such a mess.” (


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