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December 1, 2013

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Getting to Undetectable: People Living With HIV Share Their Stories

By TheBody.com's Staff

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In a nutshell: We reached out to people across our community to hear them speak, in their own words, about the challenges they overcame and the victories they achieved in their journey toward achieving an undetectable HIV viral load. The stories they shared were inspiring -- as were the many similar stories you all shared in the comments!

Quotable: "I knew I was feeling better after the meds; but after being told what undetectable was and how it would affect my life, I need to say I was on TOP OF THE WORLD and have stayed that way since then. It meant the world to me and changed my life, for the better. I got busy living."

What our readers said:

"While reaching undetectable was a happy day in my life, it happened relatively quickly. The day that I still sit in awe about happened just a few weeks ago. I started meds with a CD4 count of 224, now it's 746. For the first time in my 10 years of having HIV my CD4 count is above where is was when I was diagnosed. ... Thank you to the staff of the Mazzoni Center in Philadelphia for keeping so many of us going!" -- Hank (From Philadelphia)

"I'm one of the lucky few on the planet that these life saving drugs are available to. You know, it's way too easy to start feeling sorry for oneself living with HIV and all that comes with that diagnosis. Until you realize that there are millions and millions of people who would love to have my struggles instead of what they're going through. Everybody alive today is trying to overcome something in life." -- Bradley (From Bellingham, Wash.)

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