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Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis


Joe Ohmer

Joe Ohmer, Bronx, N.Y.; Diagnosed in 2002

There's a whole bunch of ways you can react once you've been diagnosed. Some people think, "I have nothing to live for." And they go crazy. They do everything they've always wanted to do, be it smart or not smart. So I would try to get them to realize that it's not a death sentence. It is certainly much more of a living condition. I would also try to show them the wisdom of becoming a student of HIV because certainly, in this case, knowledge is power.

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