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Terry Johnson

    "HIV put me on a roller coaster where I was expecting to get sick at any time and then wait to die. It never happened. HIV has changed my life because I value life more. I am more spiritually connected."
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    "My fear for the next generation of African Americans is that the disease will get out of control. I fear they will ignore all of the prevention messages. HIV is still thought of in many circles as a gay disease, but we all know it is spreading among young African-American females at an alarming rate."
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    "The VA system is the single largest provider of HIV care in the U.S., which is a little known fact, because no one wants to relate HIV with our military."
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    "When I tell someone for the first time that I'm positive, I just say that I am living with HIV. I consider HIV to be a chronic disease, just like hypertension. I have had this virus for 13-plus years and have never been sick because of it. It is all in a person's attitude, being positive or negative. In my experience, people who get out and live life to the fullest do well; people who maintain the deep, dark secret and go into hiding have problems."
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