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On Denial After an HIV Diagnosis

It was September 1986. I just moved back from NYC to start a new job with the state of NY. My car insurance was purchased from a friend of mine who suggested I get a life insurance policy. It was so convenient; they came right to the office. Not long...

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Nightlight: On My HIV Diagnosis and Crystal Meth

When R. Craig Stringer answered the phone one afternoon and heard an unfamiliar, formal-sounding voice, he knew it couldn't be bringing good news.

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Why So Anonymous?

"Being an '80s kid/'90s teen means that my value system is dictated by how I was indoctrinated. Namely, that HIV is the very worst thing you could ever get."

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YouTube User Discloses HIV-Positive Status in Video

Making the decision to disclose your HIV status is a big deal -- so why not do it in a big way? Nolan Hill used YouTube as a way to tell his enthralling story of coming out as gay and HIV positive.

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Mogwai Rule No. 1: On Nutrition After a New HIV Diagnosis

"We should eat better because we CAN eat better. It's similar to how the advent/usage of clean drinking water 150 years ago made those human beings the luckiest in history."

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My Life With HIV "Isn't a Happy Story"

"They had called the health department; they were in the office waiting for me. The doctor came in and asked if I knew I had HIV? I said no so they talked to me about it, and I burst out hysterically crying. I was devastated!"

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How Do You Talk About It? Two Guys Take on Undetectable

"Undetectable" may be a medical term, but it means so much more than just your viral load. Here, two guys discuss its personal resonance for them.

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"I'd Always Practiced Safer Sex -- For the Most Part"

After learning that being safe "for the most part" is not that safe, Dan has three pieces of advice for everybody: find care, get support and be open and honest.

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'I Learned the Hard Way About HIV Disclosure'

What if the day you were diagnosed was also the day that all your coworkers discovered your status -- and you weren't the one to disclose?

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"Love Made My First Day With HIV a Happy Memory"

For Tom, the day of his diagnosis is a happy memory. After he tested positive and his boyfriend tested negative, they said the three small words that brought them closer than ever.