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A Decade of Positive Faces: Maggie McGinn

Summer 2011

Maggie McGinn

Maggie McGinn, 54
Nursing student
Diagnosed with HIV in 1992
CD4 count: 1,300
Viral load: undetectable

How would you describe your health?


Are you experiencing any specific issues around HIV or your treatment?


You were on the cover of the Spring/Summer 2004 issue, for a feature story about long-term survivors. Now, six years later, you're being interviewed for this magazine again. How does that feel?

First thought: F___'n great! But seriously, I'm in great health and I'm doing what I was planning on doing when I was diagnosed and should have done years ago.

Since you appeared on the cover in 2004, what has changed for you personally?

THE major change in my life: I am an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Nursing student in my third year at the University of Alberta with a consistent 3.2/4.0 average. Clearly, the oldest in my class!

My older daughter competed and won gold medals in swimming at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in London, Ontario. My younger daughter is in her second year of law school at the University of Calgary and is engaged to be married in August. So I am very busy studying and planning a wedding!

In one word, describe this moment in AIDS.


In 10 years ...

After working as a nurse in Canada for a few years, I plan to travel and work as a nurse in New Zealand and Australia.

What song is the soundtrack of your life?

I'm the worst person for knowing the name of a song! I can tell you whether I like a song but I couldn't tell you what it is ... unless it was something by David Bowie.

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This article was provided by Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. It is a part of the publication The Positive Side. Visit CATIE's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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