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Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis


Mark S. King

Mark S. King, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Diagnosed in 1985

When you first get diagnosed, everyone is going to be telling you, "It's not so bad. Medicines are better than ever. It's going to be OK. There's so much that can be done for you."

While all that is true, it's also true that it is a freak out and a life-changing experience. If you need to grieve for the fact that you are no longer HIV negative and that you have had this major medical thing happen, then go right ahead. If you need to freak out, if you need to adjust to this new reality in your life, take the time to do that because it's perfectly understandable. Then move on and get started. Don't let that freeze you in your tracks.

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