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This Positive Life: Newly Living With HIV, Josh Robbins Is "Still Josh" -- and Still an Advocate

    Josh Robbins
    Josh Robbins
    "I knew that as soon as they said that I was HIV positive that I would forget anything else they said. And so I \[audio-recorded my diagnosis\] for that purpose -- so that I could listen back to what they said; but also because I wanted to hear those words again."
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    Josh Robbins
    Josh Robbins
    "It's so important for other people that have HIV that in any way feel like they're scared or feel less or whatever. I want them to know that they're still the same person, that they're OK, and it's going to be fine."
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    "Dating and relationships and that kind of stuff is overwhelming. I mean, when do you disclose to someone? Do you get them to really start liking you before you tell them? Or do you tell them from the very beginning, when they have absolutely zero invested?"
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    "I finally had to tell my family: 'Listen, you don't always call me every day anyway. So you still be you, and I'm still me. We can talk; but you don't need to ask me every day how I'm feeling, and if things are OK. Because I'm fine.' … My family really rose to the occasion and have been amazing supporters for me."
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    Josh Robbins
    Josh Robbins
    "There were times that, within that six-month period \[after becoming positive\], I was just kind of tired, and worn out from life. Before I was infected, I would just keep going and keep going. I wouldn't really take care of myself in that way. Now … if I can't do something, or if I just don't feel like it, for whatever reason, then it's a no."
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    "With the HIV vaccine being studied, obviously, it's not a live virus. There's zero chance to get HIV from the vaccine. The way that I got HIV, even though I was in the vaccine study, was because I was exposed to it."
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    "Keep on talking about HIV, because by doing that, it will become a little more accepted -- not accepted that you want to get it, or that it's OK that people have HIV, but that it's not a death sentence, and that we're not the scum of the earth because we have HIV."
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    Josh Robbins
    Josh Robbins
    Warren Tong

    Warren Tong