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Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis


Ruben Echeverria Hernandez

Ruben Echeverria Hernandez, San Francisco; Diagnosed in 2002

I'd tell them no alcohol, and no cigarettes and no drugs.

Make sure you take your pills if you have to take pills. Ask your doctor. All the kind of good stuff I keep talking about -- good diet, no stress, be more happy, don't be too sad, don't be too angry. Everything's going to be OK.

I have a psychiatrist who told me that I'm going to be OK. He gave me hope when I was diagnosed. He told me that if I believed him, and did the things I was supposed to be doing, I'd be OK. It took me many years to feel the OK part, but I feel OK right now.

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