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Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis


Robert Williams III

Robert Williams III, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Oakland, Calif.

That's a tough one for me. A good friend of mine was diagnosed a couple of years ago and I went with him to get his test. At the time that he got the test, we were sitting in the lobby of the testing place and he had received his diagnosis. He didn't say anything to me, so we got through it and, me just being me, assuming that the test came out negative, we left the place. I was like, "OK, do you want to stop somewhere and get something to eat or just hang out?" I didn't ever really think to ask him the result of the test. When he told me that the test was positive, it kind of blew me away.

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