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Getting Through 'Day One With HIV': Stories From People Who've Been There

January 31, 2016


Michael M.

On May 26, 2015, I went to the doctor to find out that I am HIV positive.

Once the doctor confirmed I was HIV positive, I felt this empty feeling inside. It felt as though my whole life was gone in a flash. I started to tear up at the doctor's office but stopped myself. I asked him about the next step I needed to take.

On day one, I also needed to pick up my adopted daughter. Since she is 14 years old, I was not really sure how to tell her. I figured the best way was just to come out and tell her. I don't like to hide things from her. When I did tell her, she thought it was cancer. I tried to explain it, but she still thought cancer.

I was scared, alone, and afraid. I came across this website and found hope for living with HIV. I know that I am not alone in dealing with this.

Read Michael's full story.

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