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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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Day One With HIV: Finding Out Your Status, in Your Own Words's HIV/AIDS Resource Center for the Newly Diagnosed
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Reader Comments:

Comment by: nomsa mncube (daveyton) Wed., Aug. 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm UTC
To. People. Living. Wtlith. Hiv. Aids. Hiv. Positive,this. Is. Not. Death sentence,go. For. Treatment,don't. Mind. About. People. Who. Point. Fingers. On. You ,you. Are. Better. Cs. U. Know. Yourself. And. U are. On. Medication
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Comment by: Myra (New Jersey) Fri., Apr. 15, 2016 at 10:26 am UTC
I have a cusin who was diagnosed in 1998 she got it from trusting her husband. She been living with it for 21 years I'm her support system. I just say if you have any dalt in your mind rap it up cause people think they can't get it. It take two seconds too protect yourself. When I watch your video that reminds me that you can't trust anyone. A moment of unprotected sex is not worth getting hiv and having too take medicine for the rest of your life. I hope they find a,cure one day it's 2016 and still no cure. You just have too rap it up and have safe sex. You was saying that your parents are married. It's alot of married people that are unfaithful especailly the men which is sad cause it happened in my cusin case which is a female. I don't trust nobody with my life nobody. Remember not too spread it and rap it up. Godless you that you live a long healthy life. It is all about taking care of yourself. My cusin reminds me anybody can get aids even married people who were unfaithful in they commitment. Well g odbless you and good luck.
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Comment by: Brii (Pittsburgh) Sat., Jan. 11, 2014 at 3:18 am UTC
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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