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A Life Turned Upside Down by an HIV Diagnosis Img

A Life Turned Upside Down by an HIV Diagnosis

"I didn't know how to perceive myself upon hearing the news," says Angel Stetson. "Who was I? What did this mean? How was I going to survive, or tell my boyfriend of eight years?"

Picking Up and Learning to Make a Better Life With HIV Img

Picking Up and Learning to Make a Better Life With HIV

What's it like to hear the words "you're HIV positive" from your doctor? The latest entry in our Day One With HIV series describes just that.

A Letter to Him: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford Img

A Letter to Him: A Blog Entry by Brian Ledford

Not knowing from whom he acquired HIV, Brain Ledford wrote a letter to him, saying how sorry he is for being angry.

Crossing the HIV Threshold Img

Crossing the HIV Threshold

When it comes to crossing thresholds, whether physical or psychological, everything changes and there is no turning back, especially on one's HIV journey.

HIV Status Disclosure and Ripping the Band-Aid Off Quickly Img

HIV Status Disclosure and Ripping the Band-Aid Off Quickly

Disclosure is always a tricky ocean to navigate: When to do it? Is it necessary? What if you're not asked? David Duran shares his thoughts and a true life story.

Your HIV Isn't Just About You Img

Your HIV Isn't Just About You

Sure, you can get pretty insular and selfish right after a diagnosis -- heck, it's expected. But, sometimes, thinking about how a diagnosis affects those around you is important as well.

Making a Video Game About HIV Img

Making a Video Game About HIV

TheBody.com spoke with Ilya Polyakov and Stephen Borden, two of the game developers for I'm Positive, to learn about the inspiration behind the game and plans for its future.

Clearing the Air After an HIV Diagnosis Img

Clearing the Air After an HIV Diagnosis

After an HIV diagnosis brought up old secrets, Helen learned to be more open, honest and healthy.

With a Little Help From the Choir Img

With a Little Help From the Choir

Here, Raymond tells a whirlwind story of love and loss and the first 3 years with HIV.

Life Gives You Lemons so Make a Stiff Drink: A Blog Entry by Patrick Ingram Img

Life Gives You Lemons so Make a Stiff Drink: A Blog Entry by Patrick Ingram

Patrick Ingram revisits the room in the health department where he was diagnosed three years ago, and reflects on now delivering HIV positive diagnoses to others.