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Brian Ledford

This is my story of how I found out I was HIV-positive while still on Active Duty in the United States Marine Corps and how I have tried to put the pieces of my life back together through the good times and the bad. I am currently a full time student working on a degree in Information Security Technology, which seems to be taking forever. I want to help make a difference and erase HIV related Stigma in the South, where due to lack of education people still do not know that much about HIV. If my story reaches out and helps at least one person, then I have made a difference.

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Depression

Suicide, My Own Journey: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

In honor of Suicide Awareness/Prevention Month, Brian Ledford speaks out about the struggles he faced when he was newly diagnosed with HIV, contemplated suicide and even attempted it on multiple occasions.

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I Have HIV, but I'm Not HIV Positive Part 2: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

After an initial blog post about how he didn't like the term "HIV positive," Brian Ledford continues thinking about why that blog post resonated and why the term rubs him the wrong way.

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Yes, I Have HIV but I Am Not HIV Positive: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

Do you sometimes dislike the label "HIV positive" as a way to discuss your HIV status? Brian Ledford weighs in.

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Tattooing With HIV: A Slap in the Face -- A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

"I have not gotten a tattoo since my HIV diagnosis so I was not really sure of how to handle the situation."

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Coping

HIV and Support Systems

I received a call this evening from The Marine's Wounded Worrior group that really got me to thinking. It was great to get the call in the respect that it makes me feel like I have not been forgotten and that I am still part of the Marine family that...

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