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Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis


Enrique Franco

Enrique Franco, Tucson, Ariz.; Diagnosed in 2007

Initially, I was paranoid.

All of a sudden, I didn't want to hug people. I felt like I was an alien or whatever. I didn't want to get anybody sick or anything like that. At the same token, I demanded people to hear me, to say, "Hey, I have HIV now!"

My mom, she still gets on me. She says, "Your HIV does not make you who you are as a person. It does not define you."

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