What My Florida Middle School Taught Me About HIV and AIDS

14 years ago, my conservative school district taught a curriculum that may now be contested

C. E. Janecek
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readSep 18, 2023

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I had a relatively insular middle school experience in a conservative Florida county. Most of my classmates were white and had Republican parents. Chick-fil-A was—and still is—the community’s hub. It was 2009 —…

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C. E. Janecek
Human Parts

I'm a writer, editor & book reviewer with an MFA from Colorado State. I have thoughts on poetry, speculative fiction, memoirs, and more!