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Personal Perspective

Take a Number, Please

Spring 2010

Personal Perspective: Take a Number, Please I remember it like it was yesterday. Back in 2004, I took an HIV 101 class at the correctional facility I was in, and they offered free HIV testing. When my result came back positive a week later, I was confused and just wanted to die. Not only was I HIV positive, I was also battling depression, drug abuse, domestic violence, incarceration, family issues, and a lot of bad choices I had to face up to. When I was released from that awful place I wanted to try and change, but change is not so easy when facing so many things at once. So I continued on that path of destruction for another three or four years.

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Read More Articles in the Spring 2010 Issue of Achieve
2014 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (PDF)
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Comment by: amy (sc) Thu., Aug. 12, 2010 at 1:45 am EDT
Thanks for all your comments and fight is what I continue to do!
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Comment by: ron (nyc) Tue., Aug. 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm EDT
Many of the other drug companies also have assistance programs and it might be possible to obtain the other drug in the regimen through that company's program
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Comment by: Rob (NH) Sat., Aug. 7, 2010 at 7:20 am EDT
Isn't amazing that the frailty and preciousness of human dignity is put directly into the hands of far-removed legislators? Our public health director has never met with HIVers, makes widely disparaging and politically inexpediant public remarks about the the need for HIVers to stand on their own and got and keep his job with being a licensed physician, just the holder of a foreign medical degree.
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Comment by: Russ (Upstate, SC) Thu., Aug. 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm EDT
wow....in the bad way....wow....keep fighting!
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