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Growing Older With HIV: What Concerns You Most?


Richard Higgs

Richard Higgs

I am 50 years old and I have HIV. There are several things that bother me about growing older with HIV:

  1. The ignorant stigma people in general have about people with HIV! Like it's God's curse on you for your lifestyle. I don't think it's the lifestyle, more rather some of the choices we make throughout our lives.
  2. This goes with my first thing really: I wish I had someone to share my life with. I do not mean sexually, even though that will be missed, but rather mentally and physically -- someone other than a family member that cares about me as a person. This would be nice; but I have always been somewhat of a hermit. That's another story in itself so I will not go there!

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