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Road Cycling Saved My Life

"AIDS told me to crawl under a rock, today I am the rock."

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I Tested HIV Positive in a Prison Reception Center, and It Saved My Life

"The nurse, in a very low tone, said 'you have tested positive for HIV.' I had no words. She asked if I was OK. I remember thinking, 'who asks a person a question like that?'"

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Love Is Not Defined by Your Status

"When they gave me the news, I was in shock, the word 'positive' was the last thing I was expecting."

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Straight With HIV: An Interview With Joshua Middleton

As a non-injection drug user, non-promiscuous heterosexual, contracting HIV was the least of Joshua Middleton's worries.

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32 Years Ago Today, Everything Changed: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

Mark S. King reflects on the anniversary of his HIV diagnosis and tells you about his collaboration with the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

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A Routine HIV Test Led to My Non-Routine Day

Hearing the expected, positive result, "My calmness transitioned to numbness. I was no longer controlling my composure; it was rigid and holding itself up. I said, 'Well, that sucks,' and chuckled."

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Never Give Up

"One of the few things I've learned in life is that if you stay positive and constantly ask the universe, eventually you do get what you want," Steven Williams writes.

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From an HIV Diagnosis to Finding Love and Becoming a Parent

"With the opportunity before me to have a family, I've never been so open and proud to take on anything in my life," Charles Shazor Jr. writes.

Desiring Intimacy After an HIV Diagnosis, in a Time More Naked Than Sexy: A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad Img

Desiring Intimacy After an HIV Diagnosis, in a Time More Naked Than Sexy: A Blog Entry by Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad

"It was so liberating when I rediscovered how to be intimate after my HIV diagnosis," Abdul-Aliy A Muhammad writes. "I remember looking at someone I found attractive and daring to flirt again."

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I Choose to Not Be Silent

"Telling my story is about much more than just HIV education and awareness," Kalvin Leveille writes. "It is the first step for many toward healing and addressing an epidemic of silence."