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Finding Out You're HIV Positive: Personal Stories



  • The Beginning of a New Me: A Blog Entry by Ria Denise (August 16, 2012)
    "I am finally at the stage where I need to be to let my voice be heard in hopes to inspire those who fight the ignorance daily, to know that they have nothing to be ashamed of."
    From TheBody.com
  • What It Feels Like to Get the News That You Have HIV (Video) (Posted: August 2012)
    "For many people that receive the news that they are HIV positive this is how they feel. Many people cannot put it into words but this is how they feel. During the last six months there have been times in which I have felt most of these things."
    From TheBody.com
  • Advice If You Are Newly Diagnosed With HIV (Video) (Posted: August 2012)
    "Advice that would tell anyone was recently diagnosed with HIV. Most of these things I have learned firsthand and some I have been told by others."
    From TheBody.com
  • Day 4 of HIV Diagnosis (Posted: August 2012)
    "I found this video on my cell phone that I had shot 4 days after being diagnosed with HIV. I am uploading this so that maybe someone else that feels the same way will be comforted. Let me know what you think. It gets better!"
    From TheBody.com
  • A Journey of a Thousand Miles ... A Blog Entry by Betsy Yung (May 18, 2012)
    "You can imagine what a shock it was to hear, at age 49 that I was not only HIV positive, but fighting for my life with full blown AIDS."
    From TheBody.com
  • Now for More on My Learning: A Blog Entry by Alive2 (May 10, 2012)
    "I knew I had to take this stuff very seriously. The whole thing put my wife and me on an unstable path, which I was mainly the person who was responsible for the whole issue. We had a very difficult time for a few months, especially while she waited for her results to come back for a confirmation she wasn't infected."
    From TheBody.com
  • HIV Changes Everything: A Blog Entry by Bob Leahy (April 25, 2012)
    "I'm part of the HIV gang -- we must be dreadfully annoying at times -- who continually point out how HIV has changed us for the better. This must confound prevention experts who would rather we bemoan how awful are our HIV-riddled lives. And let's be clear; it's no picnic for many. For some of us though, the lucky ones, HIV has been a good thing. It's shaken us up. It's made us smell the daisies. … It's made us make something of our lives."
    From TheBody.com
  • The Day I Was Diagnosed With HIV: A Blog Entry by B. Osten (March 8, 2012)
    "The year was 1987. I remember it was raining that day. I woke up to what I thought was vertigo. It turned out to be a form of toxemia. A condition in which poisonous toxins are spread throughout the body by the bloodstream."
    From TheBody.com
  • Everything That Glitters Ain't Gold: A Video Blog Entry by Jermaine Wright (July 26, 2011)
    "November 2, 2009, a friend of mine came to me and told me about himself being HIV poz, and that he wanted to tell me something. The person that gave him HIV was my ex's ex-boyfriend. So I went and got tested that same day and I too became a statistic."
    From TheBody.com
  • The Day I Was Pronounced Dead: A Blog Entry by Ellisya (July 14, 2011)
    "We are going to fight this every day. No matter how long it takes, one day our fight might help the next people who have to live with HIV. I remember the day I found out I had HIV felt like the day I was pronounced dead, but instead I came alive."
    From TheBody.com
  • The Responsible Thing to Do: A Blog Entry by Khafre Abif (May 13, 2011)
    "I sat. Two white men shared that I was HIV positive. At that time, there was no pre-test counseling and risk assessment. These counselors may not have ever had to give a positive diagnosis."
    From TheBody.com
  • From Addict to Activist With 3 Easy Letters: A Blog Entry by Jeannie Wraight (April 20, 2011)
    "She told her listeners of the girl I was, a hard-core dope fiend. ... She told them that when she asked how it was, how it could be that 5 years later the same girl was standing on the streets of South Africa, alive, thriving and fighting that I told her simply: 'I became an activist'."
    From TheBody.com
  • The First Few Months: A Transgender Woman Faces an HIV Diagnosis in the Rural U.S. (Posted: April 2011)
    From TheBody.com
  • This Positive Life: An Interview With Shana Cozad (March 17, 2011)
    From TheBody.com
  • Diagnosis AIDS: A Blog Entry by Sarah and Carmen Anthony Sacco (March 8, 2011)
    Carmen Anthony's music brought him healing after his diagnosis with AIDS in 2000. Sarah was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 at the age of 23. They met at a support group and embarked on life's adventure together.
    From TheBody.com
  • Maria's Intro: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia (January 13, 2011)
    When Maria was diagnosed with HIV at 18, her mother said: "You will not die from this, but you will tell the family you have another disease." Now, after years of silence, this Miami resident is more than ready to open up to the world about living with HIV.
    From The Well Project
  • Did You Just Test HIV Positive? (January 2011)
    In HIV and Me: An African American's Guide to Living With HIV, from TheBody.com
  • When I'm Right, I'm Right: A Blog Entry by Ed Perlmutter (October 8, 2010)
    "I always sensed that if given an opportunity to help people avoid the medical folly I had endured by helping move HIV testing to a more open, routine and streamlined approach, I would take a leap, right out another closet door."
    From TheBody.com
  • D-Day: A Blog Entry by Richard Cordova III (September 20, 2010)
    Looking back I can see the process of dealing with my HIV diagnosis through words, sounds, and images but not really knowing how to reach out for help. ... That being said, I can see the process where I was learning to accept the diagnosis and my own mortality.
    From TheBody.com
  • A Poz Salamu-Alaikum: A Blog Entry by Ibrahim (September 1, 2010)
    "I have met some other guys who came along with their Poz identity and chose it over their Middle Eastern one, but for me, I am trying to hold to both at the same time."
    From TheBody.com
  • Fighting for Prison Health Care Above the Norm: A Blog Entry by Rusti Miller-Hill (August 10, 2010)
    "[While incarcerated in the early '90s, I] became a peer educator in the AIDS Resource Room, and found what would become my life's work upon my release. Nearly 20 years later, I am still disclosing my status and advocating to advance the state of health for women living with HIV/AIDS in my own community."
    From TheBody.com

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