Nelson Vergel, 51, Houston, Texas; Diagnosed in 1986
As a man living with HIV for 28 years, besides the obvious (taking your meds on time, not using street drugs, etc), the two main suggestions I have are to stay ahead of the game with proper information and to find passion in life. The former means staying educated about health by reading and going to lectures, having a strong self-advocacy with your medical care system and becoming a partner with your physician. We are all getting older and some of us may be lucky enough to remain independent and strong as we successfully age with HIV. Passion is the best medicine for healthy aging. Some of us find it early in life and some others still struggle to find it even later in life. But whatever it is that makes you tick, embrace it and feed it. It will motivate you to go through life even when the going gets tough.
Comment by: Lucie Vogel
(big spring Tx)
Wed., Mar. 25, 2015 at 4:50 am UTC
A support network is vital to keeping a positive optimistic and thankful as well as hopeful outlook on life.Because of my faith in believing that this is not a curse but a blessing in disguise that I was blessed with my beautiful baby girl at 13yrs positive who is still negative and always will be at age 7.I just turned 50 and by grace am still going strong,also because I am constantly touched by others in my life who have more serious and aggressive illnesses and handicaps and I am amazed everyday and grateful that my family can be used to give hope to those who need to know and see that life that God given life by grace to still be able to bring forth a healthy life is a mind blowing concept,is proof that there is an all powerful and loving God who is in the business of making beauty from the ashes and using others to show His love for us by their love and support they show us.Thank you all for your tips and your bravery and fearlessness in sharing your stories publicly
Comment by: Rajiv
Wed., Oct. 17, 2012 at 2:43 am UTC
i m 25 y old recently diagnosed as H since then i m depressd and most o the time i starts weeping. i searched on internet and heard from people that HIV IS NOT CURABLE & ends only with the death of patient.
if Timothy Brown a Berlin patient can be cured(HIV Neg.)why can't other patient.
i wanna know how long will it take when this dreaded disease able to cure permanently.
why medical scientist not applying that treatment or therapy which took by Timothy Brown.
i wanna know which that therapy was actually.
Thanks & Regards
Rajiv hoping for life.
Comment by: Gustavo
Mon., Nov. 25, 2013 at 4:23 pm UTC Rajiv. Be positive. This is the only way to survive and move on in our lives. I got diagnosed HIV+ just one month ago. I am learning from other how they survived. Be positive, learn about the virus and how we and our doctors can make a plan to control it. Hope you are well now. God bless your way. Gustavo.
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