Day One With HIV: "A Shadow Came Over My Head" (Videos)

In these two videos, Patrick details how he became HIV positive, starting with his early years coming out as gay in high school, right up to the present day. Patrick begins talking specifically about his "Day One With HIV" at the end of the first video and into the second video.

How I Found Out I Was HIV Postive, Part 1

How I Found Out I Was HIV Postive, Part 2

Patrick is a 24-year-old, black, gay male living in Northern Virginia. Learn even more about Patrick by reading his "Letter to HIV."

Want to share your own "Day One With HIV" story of finding out your diagnosis? Write out your story (1,000 words or fewer, please!), or film a YouTube video, and email it to In the coming months, we'll be posting readers' "Day One" stories here in our HIV/AIDS Resource Center for the Newly Diagnosed. Read other stories in this series.