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Richard Cordova

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Out and Proud
December 2, 2010

The year 2010 has brought with it an expanded sense of what HIV/AIDS means not only to me but also my fellow Americans, friends and others across the world. Coming to terms with my diagnosis and learning to live a life of openness with it was something that just naturally happened to me on my path to personal enlightenment. Coming to that place of peace and openness has opened my eyes to the reality of what it means for many people living with this disease in 2010.

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Fake It Till You Make It
November 30, 2010

My first two blog entries flowed out of me as easy as wine does among friends on a summer's night. This one, not so much! In my first blog entry I mentioned how it's easier to have that positive attitude when things are going well but that it can be a real challenge when things aren't going so well.

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Gratitude on World AIDS Day
November 15, 2010

When I was offered the opportunity to blog about World AIDS Day, I began to think of the actual wording, "World AIDS Day." I was immediately filled with a sense of gratitude. A sense of gratitude for the medications I have, the support systems I have in place, and of course my own good health. This is not to say that people here in the United States don't face their own set of challenges when it comes to living with HIV.

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September 20, 2010

This second entry is going to focus on and around the time I was diagnosed with HIV. Just to give you a little background information, prior to the day of my final HIV test and subsequent diagnosis I had previously broken out in an all over body rash. This body rash had first become apparent following a full body seaweed wrap that I had gotten while on a cruise to the Bahamas. I thought perhaps it was a reaction to the seaweed wrap so I went to see the ship's doctor, who wasn't sure what it was so had given me some cortisone or something.

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Positive Indeed
August 25, 2010

Alright, so here we go. My name is Richard Cordova and I'm a blogger. Well I am now technically anyways. I've never written a blog before so I'm not entirely sure how this is all going to turn out. As they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained right? Right?

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RRichard Cordova

Richard Cordova

Richard finds a positive attitude and a sense of humor to be two of his most powerful weapons in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Richard is the Director of Athletic Events at TPAN, and teaches Spinning classes at a local gym in Chicago. He also answers questions on's "Ask the Experts" forum on Safe Sex and HIV Prevention.

He enjoys talking about himself in the third person (on occasions like these) and finding new and exciting ways to be healthier physically, emotionally, and spiritually. He has been living with HIV since 2002. Diagnosed with 123 T-cells, he is technically by government standards not HIV positive, but in fact a person living with AIDS. To that he says HA!

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