Gary, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Diagnosed in 1992
I think the most important thing is to keep your cool as much as you can and to try and educate yourself at your own pace -- because it's important to learn about what your options and your treatment possibilities are. Having gone through this myself, you have to not overeducate yourself, because the brain can only absorb so much at a time. But I think the important thing is to constantly be becoming aware of what the options are. That HIV is no longer a death sentence, but that it is something that you have to take care of for the rest of your life.