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Philip D.

After testing HIV positive in 2007, I promised myself that I would make something "good" from all that I was handed. From the very beginning, each time I was presented with an obstacle or challenge, I also received some help. Usually in the form of a person, sometimes an opportunity; but I have grown so much, it has made it impossible for me to call the past few years "bad." Although I've never written much of anything before, I have been so incredibly fortunate, I feel like I must pay it forward somehow. Maybe by sharing my experience, it will help those starting later in the game, on the fast track to HAART, or anyone that's feeling a bit isolated or "stuck" with their diagnosis.

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If I Say His Name: A Blog Entry by Philip D. Img
Personal Stories

If I Say His Name: A Blog Entry by Philip D.

"Have you ever read the works of a writer that you'd never met, yet you felt an inexplicable connection to?" writer blogger Philip D. "I have. His name was Robert DeAndreis." On the 20th anniversary of DeAndreis' death, Philip remembers his literary ...

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Personal Stories

When I'm 74: A Blog Entry by Phillip D.

"I was asked to journal about my life, 25 years from now. … I’ll spare you the physical details and the locale, but HIV was most definitely part of my past."

My Inner Critic Takes a Holiday: A Blog Entry by Philip D. Img
Viewpoints

My Inner Critic Takes a Holiday: A Blog Entry by Philip D.

"I noticed that my inner critic, in a valiant effort to keep me safe, was running the show. Since testing HIV positive ... he has responded by putting up extra shields, keeping me well warned of my limitations, to prevent further emotional pain and d...

My Canine Confidante: A Blog Entry by Philip D. Img
Coping

My Canine Confidante: A Blog Entry by Philip D.

"I'll go as far as to say that most humans are essentially incapable of the true, unconditional love that a pet provides. Wilma didn't care who gave it to me. She didn't care what my T-cell count was. She only knew I was hurting and that I needed lov...

Happy Anniversary, HIV. I Hate You. A Blog Entry by Philip D. Img
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Happy Anniversary, HIV. I Hate You. A Blog Entry by Philip D.

"Part of me that feels there's something to celebrate and to be proud of. I tackled a couple fears I never thought I could and in the process discovered a resilient, inner strength. ... I know that I have tried to make something 'positive' out of one...

Worry Your Way to Longevity: A Blog Entry by Philip D. Img
Personal Stories

Worry Your Way to Longevity: A Blog Entry by Philip D.

"According to a book I read recently, those who worry in moderation appear to outlive their overly cheerful counterparts. If that's really true, I may be around to blog for a very long time."

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I Will Survive: A Blog Entry by Philip D.

"The Human Immunodeficiency Virus was not going to destroy me. Once that was understood, the plan unfolded. I'm not going to tell you there haven't been glitches. [B]ut somehow, I find my way out."

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Just Fine: A Blog Entry by Philip D.

"After testing HIV positive in 2007, I promised myself that I would make something 'good' from all that I was handed," Philip D. writes. "I have been so incredibly fortunate. ... Maybe by sharing my experience, it will help those starting later in th...

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Running From The Devil: A Blog Entry by Philip D.

"I read stories in the gay mags that hide in the back of my closet. Pictures show me all the things I should never try. AIDS kills those that do. Why can't I be straight?" TheBody.com blogger Philip D. reminisces on the thoughts that occupied his 18-...

Liquid Gold: The Secret Life of Essential Oils, Part Two -- A Blog Entry by Philip D. Img
Fitness

Liquid Gold: The Secret Life of Essential Oils, Part Two -- A Blog Entry by Philip D.

Liquid Gold: The Secret Life of Essential Oils, Part Two "If you're interested in making aromatherapy part of your life, here's what I'd suggest to get you started," writes blogger Philip D. In his latest entry, Philip continues his series of posts o...