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On Talking to Your HIV Meds, and Listening to Your Body Img

On Talking to Your HIV Meds, and Listening to Your Body

Whether you've dealt with side effects or just worried about them, it seems like everyone's got a story about them. What's yours?

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Coming Out as HIV Positive: "I Never Wanted to Be a Victim"

For Venton Jones, the end a four-year-long road to disclosure about his HIV status meant that he could finally live as his authentic self.

Coming Out as HIV Positive: "I Blacked Out and Went Into My Own World" Img

Coming Out as HIV Positive: "I Blacked Out and Went Into My Own World"

How can you talk openly about your HIV status when you don't even know what HIV stands for?

'Blessed With an Empathetic HIV Doctor' in the 1980s Img

'Blessed With an Empathetic HIV Doctor' in the 1980s

There is not much to be said for a normal mid-suburban girl finding the man of her dreams, marrying him at age 21 and having two beautiful daughters by age 28. Except that is me, and that was my life. Until something very unexpected came and turned ...

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Day One With HIV: "The Most Agonizing Wait in My Life"

Matong was 36. He had just lost his wife and their newborn child to AIDS-defining illnesses -- but HIV was the furthest thing from his mind as a potential culprit.

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Yves Brunet's Epic Journey With HIV

Yves Brunet has been to hell and back. Here, he reveals how, after a seemingly endless string of hardships, he still has room for gratitude, humour and love.

I limp out of the dermatologist's office, where I just received two less-than-encouraging p...

_Day One With HIV_: "I Learned How Much People Can Care for Each Other" Img

Day One With HIV: "I Learned How Much People Can Care for Each Other"

After experiencing all the tell-tale signs of seroconversion, Mikey Barnum asked the doctor in front of him, "I have HIV, don't I?" He also knew one thing: It was critical to ask questions.

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Day One With HIV: "Perhaps It Was Time to Give Up"

The thought of death does not bother me as much as the failure, and the loss of faith in the world around me, says Gregory Fowler, who was diagnosed with HIV on his 30th birthday.

The Stigma of It All: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img

The Stigma of It All: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

1992 was supposed to be a great year for me. I had just graduated from college with my nursing degree. I was ready to take on the world. I had chosen to focus on critical care nursing and found a job at my local hospital in the Intensive Care unit. I...

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Day One With HIV: "I Had to Give My Baby a Chance at HIV-Free Life"

"I visited the hospital on the 27th of December and I was told I couldn't have my baby alone, only with a C-section to save his life -- because I had been discovered to have HIV," recalls Anuoluwapo, from Nigeria.