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

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Rosita Libre de Marulanda

Rosita Libre de Marulanda, Educator and Past Participant in the "SAGE Is" Ad Campaign; Brooklyn, N.Y.

I think that my first reaction if someone told me about getting diagnosed with HIV would be to say to them, "Oh, what a bummer. I'm sorry to hear that." I would tell them that I know people who are living with HIV for a long, long time. It may not be curable, but nowadays, people can make it through for a long, long time. It may be a little expensive, but there's Medicaid, and there are programs that can help them.

I would keep from asking questions like, "How did you get it?" [laughs] I think that is sensitive. If they want to tell me, I'll hear it, but I won't ask. That's it. It's their story.

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