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Personal Perspective

Stepping Back, Looking Forward

Fall 2009

Stepping Back, Looking ForwardI have lived in Manhattan for 50 years. I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, but I'm sure I was positive before then. During the first five years after my diagnosis I spent very little time thinking about HIV. I was healthy and had a good job and a fulfilling social life to keep me busy. I was doing administrative work at a job placement firm in the city and spent the majority of my time working or having fun.

When I was first diagnosed with HIV in 1988 at the age of 47, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to live past 48. As I grow older, HIV remains a top priority because of its virulent behavior. I always wonder how the disease will affect my life at the age of 70, 80, or even over 90. I also have to spend time thinking about the other issues that come with aging, such as affordable housing, access to health care, and, equally important, financial independence.

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See Also
Read More Articles in the Fall 2009 Issue of Achieve
TheBody.com's HIV/AIDS Resource Center for African Americans
HIV and Me: An African American's Guide to Living With HIV
More Personal Accounts on African Americans and HIV

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