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Growing Older With HIV: What Concerns You Most?


Gerad Aychiluhim

Gerad Aychiluhim

Harar, Ethiopia

I am 54 years old and an instructor in a small teachers college for a living. I was diagnosed in 2007/8. I have been on ART for the last six years. My major concerns are my CD4 cell count, which is around 200, not increasing; and fear of catching some related conditions such as hepatitis and kidney failure.

I'm also concerned about who will take care of my 8-year-old son if something were to happen to me. Thanks to donors we in Ethiopia are getting care for free. Besides, I am strong, happy, and looking ahead to the day the HIV vaccine becomes functional.

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