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Growing Older With HIV: What Concerns You Most?

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Valter

Valter

Bahia, Brazil

I'm 56 now and saw most (or almost all) of my friends dying within a very ugly physical aspect due to the lack of medication at that time.

Growing so old was not in my plans. It was a surprise for me; and thanks to Dr. David Ho, who invented the HIV drug cocktail, I'm alive.

Sometimes I find myself very sad because my body doesn't want to do what I want to do anymore; but every old person experiences these feelings. I've been losing my memory and my comprehension about things that I read, and it makes me very upset. My physician says it's normal, or depression. Maybe for her, but not for me.

If I have the benefit of deserving it, I would like not to suffer so much, or die as my friends did.






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