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A Positive Spin

By Philip D.

January 26, 2010

Why am I here? Because I really like this Web site. In my opinion, it's one of the best sources of HIV information on the Internet. I still have much to learn, but I've also picked up some choice tidbits in my short yet action packed two-year journey with HIV that I'd like to share. I suppose that's what it really boils down to, sharing what we have learned to make it easier for those who will follow.

My name is Philip D. and I am HIV positive. I reside in San Francisco, work as an independent contractor, have a really amazing b.f. and a very sweet seven-year-old pooch. I invite each of you to respond to my entries but please understand, I type about 12 words a minute and I'm rather sensitive to unconstructive criticism. I only ask that if you bring a problem to the "picnic", don't forget to pack at least one solution, too.

I really wish I could call the last two years "bad." Might be easier that way. Sure I've had my share of setbacks, but if the truth be known, I've also met some of the most beautiful human beings since my diagnosis. From that first very long night to present, Angels have been dropping in like house guests precisely when I need them most. I could never have made it through this without them and will feature some in the future.

I suppose if I were to describe the slant of my blog, it might be my newbie vantage point. This stuff is still way fresh in my memory and thought it might help some others joining later in the game. At first, although I had poz friends, most of them had moved way past the phase I was entering years ago and couldn't really relate to me. I went from "I'm sure I'm negative" to HAART in 93 days. So whatever the opposite of an elite controller is, that's what you could call me. These are my stories.

Thanks for reading.

Please, be well.

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A Positive Spin

Philip D.

Philip D.

After testing HIV positive in 2007, I promised myself that I would make something "good" from all that I was handed. From the very beginning, each time I was presented with an obstacle or challenge, I also received some help. Usually in the form of a person, sometimes an opportunity; but I have grown so much, it has made it impossible for me to call the past few years "bad." Although I've never written much of anything before, I have been so incredibly fortunate, I feel like I must pay it forward somehow. Maybe by sharing my experience, it will help those starting later in the game, on the fast track to HAART, or anyone that's feeling a bit isolated or "stuck" with their diagnosis.

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