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From Me to You: Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

HIV-Positive People Share Their Experiences and Offer Advice

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Michelle Lopez

Michelle Lopez, Brooklyn, N.Y., diagnosed in May 1991

To not segregate themselves, and to seek out and find a community of us who are living with HIV and doing something about it.

Because we are a family and we still need representation of those of us infected to be within the decision-making. When you talk about HIV and AIDS affecting blacks and Latinos and immigrants -- if you look at all of us, we already have some kind of strike against us, and now HIV comes into the picture. So those of us who are infected, we gotta do double the work. Each of us can teach a newly diagnosed person out there something to give them that hope and that menu of survival. We must pass it on.

What is the best response you have ever gotten from telling someone?

That I have given them a chance to save their lives. I will continue to save lives.

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