Keith Green, Chicago; Diagnosed in March 1994
Tap into whatever support networks are available. I know that's what kept me alive -- the support of my family, friends, TPAN [Test Positive Aware Network, an HIV/AIDS organization in Chicago] and the support groups. And educate yourself.
When I was first diagnosed, I thought I needed to live as if I were about to die. I dropped out of school, focused more on working full-time and partying. I was just kind of existing. And then I got to a point where I realized there were medications available that could help me live longer, and I just started to change my whole outlook.