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First-Person Stories From HIV-Positive People

Sharon: Aging With HIV and Still Going Strong
When she was diagnosed in 1988, Sharon felt as if she was the only woman in the world with HIV. Now 57, she's a long-term survivor who speaks passionately about aging with HIV and the new happy hour culture among seniors. To contact Sharon, click here.
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Sharon: Aging With HIV and Still Going Strong
When she was diagnosed in 1988, Sharon felt as if she was the only woman in the world with HIV. Now 57, she's a long-term survivor who speaks passionately about aging with HIV and the new happy hour culture among seniors.

Mark: Growing Up in the HIV Closet
Mark, a 31-year-old hemophiliac, was infected with HIV and hepatitis C before he was 5 years old. After hearing about Ryan White and other kids with HIV who experienced stigma and fear, he hid his status until college.

Lisa: Learning About HIV While Pregnant
Lisa, 47, discovered she was HIV positive while she was pregnant. Since then, she's navigated the tricky waters of disclosing to family members without worrying them, and raising children while living with HIV. She shares her story and advice for pregnant women with HIV.

  
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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Brenda M. (Cleveland, Ohio) Sat., Mar. 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm EST
Thank you for putting a face to the disease. It is not a gay or male disease but a human disease. My husband lived with the illness for over 20 years. Society made it hard to begin with but with people like you it is getting better. Your strength is endless and is helping people everyday.
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Comment by: Stephani (Ashtabula, Ohio) Fri., Mar. 4, 2011 at 5:37 am EST
Thank you for your very moving and compassionate story. You are truly and inspiration and icon. Please never change.
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Comment by: Juan (Berlin) Fri., Feb. 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm EST
Mark, i understand you, i hope i can gather the strenght to tell people some day but i keep having fears of rejection and isolation. I really pity you for the hell of a whole life with antiretrovirals, i only have been 2 weeks with them and already had to change because of side effects :(
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Comment by: Omar (México) Wed., Feb. 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm EST
I really loved Sharon interview an intelligent woman sharing her experience in order others could take something from her advice.
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Comment by: Imarose (Washington. DC) Fri., Feb. 4, 2011 at 3:07 am EST
Hi Sharon: I enjoyed reading your post. I also have to deal with being positive (since 2000). I'm doing ok, but at times experience a bit of depression. I'm 58, married and have three children. Nice to have someone on here to chat with occassionally.
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Comment by: Michael (Toronto) Sun., Jan. 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm EST
Oh Mark, so sorry you had to go through all that at such a young age. Hope things are going better for you:)
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