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Does HIV Define You?

July 31, 2013

The relationship people have to their HIV status can be as unique as their fingerprint. While many continue to deal with feelings of stigma and internalized shame, some feel pride in their HIV-positive status and the courage they exhibit by living openly with HIV.

Adding further to that conversation is blogger "Living With HIV" from London, England. After a bout of Googling led to the surprise that "HIV defines me" yielded few results and "HIV doesn't define me" did the opposite, he decided to write a blog describing how, whether or not he cares to admit it, HIV does define him.

He writes:

HIV defines me and there's nothing wrong about it. It doesn't define me as much as, say, my nationality or my taste in music, but it is part of my life and part of what made me the person I am today.

To read the rest of his blog post, and contribute to the conversation, head over to his blog.

Mathew Rodriguez is the editorial project manager for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.

Follow Mathew on Twitter: @mathewrodriguez.


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Reader Comments:

Comment by: David K (Myrtle Beach, SC 29588) Thu., Aug. 1, 2013 at 5:08 pm EDT
HIV has defined me ever since I was diagnosed positive in 2008. Friends disappeared, gay, HIV negative guys run like I have the plague. I can't even get a dinner date with a negative guy. Other negative gay guys have ridiculed me and spewed things that are just not true and HIV positive people. I am so lonely and cry frequently. I am on FIVE different antidepressants. I hope that no one else has to go through what I am experiencing
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