Touchable Love by Becky Due

Christy has dreams of becoming a successful photographer, but she has led a reckless lifestyle and fears she has contracted HIV.

She tries to get her life together while working with a successful, gay photographer, Paul, who is dying of AIDS. He wants her to photograph AIDS and his journey to death for a book to help others avoid his mistakes and get tested.

Christy falls in love with Paul, but not in the traditional way; she experiences real love for the first time in her life and secretly fights to keep him alive.

Brian, Paul’s nurse, is also a great man who, through this journey with Paul, has fallen in love with Christy.

Before he dies, Paul tries to encourage Christy to give Brian and love a chance. So Christy confides in Paul about her own lifestyle and her fears that she too has contracted HIV. He wants her to get tested.

She can’t; she is too afraid. She wants to love Brian. She wants to live. But after seeing what Paul has gone through, she is terrified to get tested.

After Paul dies, Christy goes into a deep depression and isolation, until she see’s Paul’s publisher and lawyer on TV promoting Paul’s book. She realizes that she wants to make a difference. She wants to finish what she and Paul started. Christy works to take her life back.

She reconnects with Brian, who has waited for her. Christy finally tells him that she had a reckless past and she might have HIV. He doesn’t care, but he wants her to get tested.

Neither Paul nor Brian could convince Christy to get tested, but when she connects with other women and finds support through a woman’s nurturing perspective, Christy finally has the courage to truly take her life back and get tested.

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