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Day One With HIV: "A Shadow Came Over My Head" (Videos)

May 23, 2013

In these two videos, Patrick details how he became HIV positive, starting with his early years coming out as gay in high school, right up to the present day. Patrick begins talking specifically about his "Day One With HIV" at the end of the first video and into the second video.

How I Found Out I Was HIV Postive, Part 1

How I Found Out I Was HIV Postive, Part 2

Patrick is a 24-year-old, black, gay male living in Northern Virginia. Learn even more about Patrick by reading his "Letter to HIV."

Want to share your own "Day One With HIV" story of finding out your diagnosis? Write out your story (1,000 words or fewer, please!), or film a YouTube video, and email it to In the coming months, we'll be posting readers' "Day One" stories here in our HIV/AIDS Resource Center for the Newly Diagnosed. Read other stories in this series.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Brii (Pittsburgh) Sat., Jan. 11, 2014 at 3:18 am EST
Your so courageous to be brave enough to come out and tell you story..It must have been a tough time for you especially feeling your alone and having no one to talk to.. I can't feel your pain because I'm not HIV positive so I don't know what you went through personally ..but I can say it seem like it made you stronger..your an strong inspiration to others..I'm pretty sure of it..Be Strong and stay healthy..
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