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When Jimmy Mack discovered he was HIV positive, it was 1987, and an HIV diagnosis was essentially a death sentence. So instead of going to a doctor for treatment, he dived into a different kind of medicine: cocaine and alcohol. His journey out of addiction was difficult, but Jimmy has now been clean and sober for more than 15 years -- and he's got an undetectable viral load to boot. He is now happily partnered with an HIV-negative man, and he's OK with everyone knowing he's HIV positive. "I think that someone needs to be out there saying, 'Look, I'm HIV positive. I have a full-time job. I volunteer as an emergency medical technician. I have a healthy, normal sex life with an HIV-negative partner,'" Jimmy says. "Today you can live a long, healthy, normal life with this disease. There's so much hope."

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Personal Stories

My HIV Journey From Patient to First Responder

Back in 2001, I had an allergic reaction to an HIV medication that wound up with a call to 911, a trip to the local hospital and, eventually, me becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Can You Believe We Are Still Alive? A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack Img
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Can You Believe We Are Still Alive? A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack

"We had all tested HIV positive about the same time and we all had the same reaction: Let's make the most of life because it was going to be a short one for us. Unbeknownst to us at the time was that we also shared another deadly disease for which th...

A Long-Term HIV Survivor on the Premier of _The Normal Heart_: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack Img
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A Long-Term HIV Survivor on the Premier of The Normal Heart

On Monday, May 12, I had the honor of attending the premier screening of The Normal Heart as the guest of my sister Nancy. It was a star-studded event held at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC.

The last movie I saw at the Ziegfeld was Longtime Companion i...

Honoring the "Gay Family" I've Lost to AIDS: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack Img
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Honoring the "Gay Family" I've Lost to AIDS: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack

"These men played a huge part in saving my life," writes Jimmy Mack about his adopted brothers and parents, his "gay family," that he lost throughout the years.

A Life Saved by HIV Meds, and a Vow to Give Back Img
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A Life Saved by HIV Meds, and a Vow to Give Back

Thrush, Kaposi's sarcoma, meningitis -- you name it, Jimmy had it. But now, even with the side effects that come with meds, he's happy to be a survivor and happy to be alive.

Love Heals, Ali Gertz and Me: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack Img
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Love Heals, Ali Gertz and Me: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack

"I'd like to dedicate this blog to the incredible work done by Love Heals: The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education," blogger Jimmy Mack writes. "World AIDS Day is one of Love Heals' busiest days, and every single one of their HIV-positive spea...

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Personal Stories

Outed With Love: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack

My name is Jimmy Mack and I was born gay and an alcoholic. I always knew I was gay, in the same way any heterosexual person will tell you they always knew they were straight. To this day, it offends me when people say "sexual preference" -- as if it ...

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Substance Use

Living With Two Diseases: HIV and Alcoholism: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack

I've spoken at length on this blog about the disease of HIV and how it affects me and my life. But I live with another disease that is just as devastating and deadly. It is also a disease that has no cure but can be "managed" with proper treatment. T...

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Setting an Example: A Blog Entry by Jimmy Mack

As many of you reading this know, I just did an interview on TheBody.com. I have to say that having my profile on The Body was a trip (around the world) as I got e-mails from Turkey, Costa Rica, Australia, Russia and Canada, as well as the U.S. All o...