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First-Person Stories From HIV-Positive People

Oliver: Learning to Adhere to HIV Meds
Oliver is 48 years old and has been living with HIV for more than 20 years. He lives in the eastern United States, where he works as an HIV educator. To e-mail Oliver, click here.
The Positive Project

Since its founding in 2000, The Positive Project has collected more than 100 first-person stories told by people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. These stories are used to reduce stigma, raise awareness, promote prevention, encourage testing and enhance care.

To learn more about The Positive Project, click here or visit the official Web site to watch more videos. You can also listen to or read our interview with Dr. Tony Miles, co-founder of The Positive Project.



Learning to Adhere to HIV Meds
Oliver, 48, HIV positive for more than 20 years.

Coping With Discrimination and Stigma
Dillon, 15, HIV positive since birth.

Living in a Mixed-Status Relationship
Yvette, 36, HIV positive for more than 15 years.

Advice for Newly Diagnosed People
Jeromy, 30, HIV positive for 8 years.

  
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Comment by: cindy (SouthernAfrica) Tue., Jun. 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm EDT
Thank you all for being so brave to share your experiences. I have just been diagnosed 3 months ago.I was infected by an evil psychopath rapist who goes around infecting people deliberately.

I would just like to tell everyone that I think we should all contribute our ideas for a cure to the research institutes. The antivirals alone damage the organs to much. Is there any other way ?
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Comment by: Kostas (Greece) Thu., Sep. 10, 2009 at 8:57 pm EDT
You're a beautiful , brave boy ! All the individuals here are wonderful human beings
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Comment by: Sun., Sep. 6, 2009 at 4:54 pm EDT
Thank you dillion your are my hero.you can call me sunday. I feel alone ,but I want you to know there is something special about you. Sorry about your mother she is in heaven with my husband and mom. I am not afraid of you I am proud of you. write me back.
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Comment by: curious (Los Angeles) Wed., Aug. 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm EDT
I was wondering if this project encountered any Asian or Pacific Islander positive youth? Where may I find their video clips?
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Comment by: nezz (eastern cape) Wed., Jul. 8, 2009 at 7:23 am EDT
Hi guys. First I wanna say thanks to God our father for bringing such beautiful and bold people like you. I'm only 21 but i have seen how painful HIV is, my cousin died of it in 2006. I cried every night, praying and hoping she will get better but she didn't. I know that you didn't apply for it, it is just another sickness like others. Everybody can be HIV positive. I love you guys very much, just wish I can have the strength that you all have. Just look unto jesus he is the answer to everything. The cure of HIV/AIDS is not far, nothing is impossible to God, he has heard our cries and definitely we all will be alright. Thank you. Wish you all the best.
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Comment by: sammie (united kingdom) Mon., Jun. 15, 2009 at 7:37 pm EDT
you people are so brave xxx
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Comment by: holla Fri., Apr. 24, 2009 at 8:55 am EDT
Hey Yvette,
I was just wondering whether your man ever feels paranoid about catching HIV from this relationship, and how does he deal with this...
Thanks, and good luck
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Comment by: Alex (Phila, PA) Fri., Dec. 12, 2008 at 3:01 am EST
May God bless each and evey one you. These stories gave much hope and inspiration to those living with this horrible virus.
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Comment by: Yvette (California) Wed., Oct. 8, 2008 at 7:58 pm EDT
Hello loveme,
I just wanted to reply to your question. My love life is wonderful. The most important thing that I think I can pass on to you, is the importance of using protection. After that everything else will just work out.
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Comment by: loveme Fri., Jun. 6, 2008 at 12:55 pm EDT
For Yvette: How is your love life?
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