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Young Black MSM Share Their Thoughts on Starting HIV Treatment

September 27, 2017


Kahlib Barton

Kahlib Barton, 26 Years Old, Washington, D.C.

Starting HIV treatment was one of the most difficult decisions I've made, which ended up saving my life. It may seem like a no-brainer to some (do I want to live or not?), but in actuality, starting treatment means admitting to yourself that you are HIV positive, a reality that many people could never fathom.

After a three-year hesitation due to internalized and systemic stigma, I finally accessed the care I needed. This care granted me a newfound purpose: a commitment to survival. Today, I am proudly HIV positive with an undetectable viral load. I have only antiretroviral therapy to thank for that.

Photo credit: Rocky

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