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Recently Diagnosed With HIV? Latino/a Community Members Share Their Advice

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 11/16 

Joseph

Joseph, Hayward, Calif.; Diagnosed in 1995

Don't get into a corner and cry and lock yourself up. Come out of that little closet, because if not, it'll consume you. There's a life out there -- no matter what you have -- there's a life out there. I love to go hunting, I love go backpacking, I love to travel.

What's funny about it is I have this disease, but I don't think about it, I don't dwell on it. I take care of myself, I do what I've got to do, what's got to be done. But it's one of the happiest times of my life.

I'm drug free, I've got my life back and I'm happy. I've got good friends as well.






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