In honor of World AIDS Day, I am reposting the essay about my trip to the free clinic.
I will tell anyone I know to never go back to the Chelsea Clinic because the people there are fucking racist. I got there, filled out the forms, peed in my cup (and all over myself because if I touched ANYTHING, I probably could’ve contracted something dirty – a nasty bacteria, if not an STI), and then waited. I waited and the people before me were called in, and then at least ten people after me were called in.
I politely asked one of the nurses if I had accidentally been skipped. She gave me a discerning look (although I can tell you she wouldn’t know how to spell that word) and said in a very nasty tone, “Everyone is here for different reasons. Sit down. You’ll get called when you get called!” It came with the subtitle: You over-privileged white girl!”
I sat back down in a huff and was forced to continue to watch a video made in the early 90′s about why the black population is AIDS-ridden.
A moment later, I saw a man ask her the same question. This time, he was black. And she took him, practically linked arm-in-arm, and said, “Boo, I’ll escort you down the hall.”
At that point, I left and made an appointment with my gyno. Maybe I am an over-privileged white girl because I have insurance, but that nurse can go to hell, and so can the public clinics here.
…but seriously, people. Get tested. It’s important. Just… go elsewhere.