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First-Person Stories From HIV-Positive People

Shawn: Advice for Newly Diagnosed HIVers
Shawn was infected with HIV through hemophilia treatments in elementary school. Because it was a medical treatment that infected him, he was hesitant to start HIV treatment as an adult. Then, when his T-cell count finally plummeted, he knew it was time to start -- with support from his new girlfriend.
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Since its founding in 2000, The Positive Project has collected more than 100 first-person stories told by people infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. These stories are used to reduce stigma, raise awareness, promote prevention, encourage testing and enhance care.

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Shawn: Advice for Newly Diagnosed HIVers
Shawn was infected with HIV through hemophilia treatments in elementary school. Because it was a medical treatment that infected him, he was hesitant to start HIV treatment as an adult. Then, when his T-cell count finally plummeted, he knew it was time to start -- with support from his new girlfriend.

Chakena: Growing Up Taking Meds
Chakena was born with HIV. Her family told her about her diagnosis when she was seven, after she asked why she had to take so many pills every day. Now 20, she's often struggled to take her medications on time, but now that she understands the virus better, she understands the importance of adherence.

Patrice: The Importance of Mental Health
Patrice wasn't shocked when she learned she had HIV, because she'd lived a very high-risk lifestyle. Even though she wasn't surprised, she had a hard time coping. In this video, she opens up about how working through mental health issues finally helped get her life back on track.

  
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Comment by: Lerato (South Africa(Pretoria)) Fri., Oct. 7, 2011 at 5:11 am EDT
I love u chakena those were powerfull words of inspiration and wisdom ugo girl
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Comment by: SANTOS (Peru) Sat., May. 7, 2011 at 12:45 am EDT
JUST WANNA SAY ALL WE NEED BE STRONG
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