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Young Black MSM Share Their Thoughts on Starting HIV Treatment

September 27, 2017


Jahlove Serrano

Jahlove Serrano, 31 Years Old, New York, N.Y.

I started taking medication in June 2008 a few months after getting diagnosed with AIDS and Kaposi's sarcoma, aka KS. I had 20 T cells, and I lost a lot of weight. I thought I was going to die, but I didn't want to die from this disease.

My nurse practitioner informed me that if I started treatment, the cancer would go into remission. I would be able to build my immune system back up and get back control of my health.

Starting treatment was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. I told myself I wasn't going to be a statistic: another black gay man passing from AIDS-related complications. Since being on treatment, I've been adhering to my medication, building up my CD4 count, maintaining an undetectable viral load and keeping a healthy outlook on life.

Photo credit: Kamila Latala

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