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8 HIV/AIDS Issues You Couldn't Stop Talking About in 2013

December 1, 2013

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My Canine Confidante

By Philip D.

Philip D.

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In a nutshell: It's hard to understate just how critical the support of others is in helping us cope with an HIV diagnosis and the everyday rigors of living with the virus. As Philip D. attests in this beautiful, bittersweet blog post, some of the warmest support we receive can come in a small, furry package.

Quotable: "Before I could say 'I have HIV' to another human being, I said it to her. That one soul who loved me without a single condition, regardless of the shame I was feeling. It might sound silly ... but saying those words out loud, even to something with a limited mental lexicon, helped me cope with the mind-blowing concept of being HIV positive."

What our readers said:

"I have a chocolate lab who has been trained as a service dog and has medical documentation to go with me everywhere. When I broke up with my partner of 12 years, she was the only thing I took with me. She has been my only faithful and unconditionally loving companion. After I was diagnosed ... my doctor truly felt she was the reason I kept fighting and remained alive. There were many days I couldn't walk or laid in bed crying and wanted to give up, but she made me realize no one could take care of her like I could." -- Wes & Kahlua (Jersey City, N.J.)

"I have my 'Bangel,' an apricot pug, who turned 11 today. ... He has seen me through the absolute worst of my life -- meth addiction after my HIV diagnosis, followed by cancer and other chronic illnesses that remain a challenge. Four walks a day got me up, moving and outside, without which I truly believe I would have died." -- Ron (From Delafield, Wisc.)

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