Sonny Tells Brenda Stone Has AIDS

June 1995. Stone had wanted to keep his AIDS a secret from everyone. But, he gave Sonny permission to tell Brenda when he noticed that they were fighting. Sonny had promised Brenda he would tell her what is big secret was when they got back from Lois and Ned’s wedding.

Brenda: Aren't you forgetting something?

Sonny: What?

Brenda: The big secret you've been keeping. You said you were going to tell me as soon as we got home. We’re home, so you might as well get it out of the way.

Sonny: (Sonny keeps putting it off) Tell you what. Why don't we get a good night's sleep and get into it first thing in the morning?

Brenda: Why is this such a big deal?

Sonny: I'm beat, Brenda. We both are.

Brenda: I'm not going to be able to get any sleep. I'm going to be tossing and turning all night wondering what's going on.

Sonny: I don't want to fight over this.

Brenda: Neither do I. And I know whatever this secret is, it’s tearing you up inside. What you're doing right now is really unfair because you promised at the wedding that you were going to tell me right afterward and I trusted you. And you know, I think I was really good about it. I let it go and we had such a good time.

Sonny: Yeah, we did.

Brenda: And now this is all I can think about. I know there's something really heavy going on with you. I can’t believe you want to leave me hanging again.

Sonny: Oh man, you are making this so hard.

Brenda: I don't want it to be hard. I don’t want to pressure you. If you just tell me what's going on, I can help you. At least I could stop imagining all the horrible things that could be happening.

Sonny: (Sonny finally blurts it out) Stone's got AIDS! Is that horrible enough for you?

Brenda: (Shocked) No. You're wrong. This is a mistake.

Sonny: No. The doctors double-checked. They've already got him on AZT. That's why he's been feeling so bad.

Brenda: You're telling me that Stone is HIV positive?

Sonny: It's beyond that.

Brenda: Oh my God. (Sudden fear) What about Robin?

Sonny: She was tested last week. She was negative. So far.

Brenda: What does that mean. Negative so far?

Sonny: When Stone was tested he was negative too. She's going to have to have another test in six months and more after that.

Brenda: I don't understand. (confusion and disbelief) Stone tested negative and now he has AIDS? I don't understand that.

Sonny: When Stone came off the streets I made him get tested and it didn't show up. The way we figure is he had just been infected and he wasn't involved in what they call high-risk behavior. It never occurred to him to get tested again. I don't know. He must have gotten it on the street.

Brenda: I don't understand. He wasn't hustling or anything, right?

Sonny: He hung around with people who did. There was this girl. She was a couple of years older than Stone. I think it may have been the first time he had sex. She was heavy into drugs and they weren't lovers very long because he wasn't really into the drug scene. But, he stayed together with her for a while and he helped her.

Brenda: How?

Sonny: He brought her to me and I gave her a job at the Paradise Lounge. I figured if I could get her off the streets, she couldn't kick the drugs. She was shooting up and I fired her.

Brenda: What happened to her?

Sonny: She died.

Brenda: Of AIDS?

Sonny: A drug overdose. It was pathetic. She had nobody, not even her family. Stone had paid for the burial himself. I don't think anybody even checked to see if she was infected.

Brenda: So that's how he got it.

Sonny: I don't know. (Distantly, with disbelief) It's the only thing that makes sense.

Brenda: Oh my God Sonny. I'm so sorry I gave you a hard time.

Sonny: Sweetheart, Stone is scared. Especially about how people are going to react when they find out. That's why he swore me to secrecy.

Brenda: I didn't know.

Sonny: I know. Never in your wildest could you have imagined.

Brenda: Tell me the truth. How sick is he?

Sonny: Bad. (upset) He's got full-blown AIDS.

Brenda: What does that mean? What exactly can we do for him?

Sonny: I don't know. I thought I did. (regret) The club, L&B. I was going to give him all the breaks no one gave me. No one was going to look him in the eye and tell him he was just a hood. But he never had the chance. He didn't deserve this.

Brenda: (She holds Sonny in her arms).

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