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Telling Others You're HIV Positive: How'd You Do It?

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James Nicacio

James Nicacio, Selma, Calif.; Diagnosed in October 2001

I know my biggest fear was telling my mother. My mother and my sisters are the ones who have been so close to me.

They're my support system. They always want the best for me, so it was really difficult for me to tell them. But when I did, it felt like a big relief. I felt like, in some way, I was letting them down. Here I am trying to tell my mother -- the person who gave me life -- that, because of some of the bad choices and bad mistakes that I made in the past, my life might be taken. In a way, taking life for granted.

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