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June 21, 2013

Rob Quinn

Rob Quinn
Rob Quinn
Springfield, Massachusetts
Positive since 1993

My name is Rob, and I have AIDS. The mission of my blog, Openlypoz.com is to empower and support my peers living positive, as well as others affected by HIV/AIDS, through sharing my personal stories and experiences of clearing HIV/AIDS and life’s hurdles—sometimes struggling, sometimes succeeding.

Please join me on my journey of openly living positive, and get firsthand insight into how I cope, survive, and thrive. I share the hurdles I’ve encountered and cleared, while fostering hope and resilience in myself and others. Some of these hurdles include coming out twice (first as gay, and years later as HIV-positive), encountering HIV/AIDS, depression, addiction, a suicide attempt, my 4 R’s (rock bottom, recovery, resiliency, and reinventing myself), aging with HIV, and much more. Visit openlypoz.com to read more about my story.

What three adjectives best describe you?
Optimistic, Confident and Determined (aka my OCD Attitude)

What is your greatest achievement?
Surviving and thriving with HIV/AIDS and now giving back to my community, infected or affected

What is your greatest regret?
No regrets. All my life experiences made me the person I am today and I am a good person.

What keeps you up at night?
I sleep pretty well (with the aid of Lunesta and stress reduction techniques).

If you could change one thing about living with HIV, what would it be?
Stop the spread of the virus. This illness is 100% preventable. Education, education, education

What is the best advice you ever received?
You are the captain of your ship Robert and ultimately it comes down to that when you experience such progress. Remember that. —Sarah Barnett (cousin)

What person in the HIV/AIDS community do you most admire?
My mother. My #1 inspiration, cheerleader and head of my trusted support network

What drives you to do what you do?
Aging gratefully with HIV/AIDS and the opportunity to pay it forward to my local ASO and HIV/AIDS community

What is your motto?
Semper Ad Meliora — "Always moving towards better things."

If you had to evacuate your house immediately, what is the one thing you would grab on the way out?

If you could be any animal, what would you be? And why?
A fish. Tranquil and calming. Just like me.

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Patricia J Quinn, Springfield, 2013-07-04 19:54:13
Robert, I am really PROUD of you! You’ve come a long way. You’ve been through a lot, but you’ve come through it. You worked hard and never complained. You helped and continue to help other people along the way. I’m proud you put yourself out there, and prove to other people that you can have HIV and can live a healthy and happy life. Most of all you are helping other people. I’m PROUD to be you mother. Love you always.~ Ma

Sarah Barnett, , 2013-07-03 09:09:45
So very proud of you Robert! Now your voice and mission will be open to so many more viewers. May those struggling reach out to your personal blog and find that connection they may so desperately need. Keep up the focus and dedication, not only to yourself, but to so many others too.

Alyssa R, Springfield, 2013-07-03 08:35:05
What a great article about an amazing person. Rob has always been such an inspiration to me. His compassion for others is unparallelled and the time he puts into giving back is so inspiring. He is a hero to me and I am a better person because he is in my life!

Sue, Springfield, 2013-07-02 22:31:36
Rob, you have taught me so much in the few short years I have known you. You are an inspiration to all who meet you and your desire to educate, reduce stigma, and help others is incredible! Keep up the good work, keep on educating, and keep on being the wonderful person you are!!!

Alison Heffer, New York, 2013-07-02 22:24:12
I will always remember you telling your story in class at bank street. I was in awe of you then, learned so much from you as a clinician and am proud to call u a friend. Keep on this amazing path. Lots of love

Lo Ingold, Boston, 2013-07-02 19:29:36
I follow OpenlyPoz on FB and I love that you are SO open about what you're doing and going through. I think people living positive need to read almost-live updates from someone who has jumped some pretty large health related hurdles. It is one thing to just post pics and updates, but you post about life, the hard times, and make specific references about doctors, family, friends...your support system and I think people need to know there IS support and compassion out there. Cheers to you! Lo

Jodie, Springfield, 2013-07-02 19:03:54
Rob is an inspiration to everyone that follows him. I have learn a great deal through his blogs and articles. Ron has educated many that are unaware of numerous facts and untrue stereo types. I look forward to reading Robs adventures.

Sandy, Springfield, 2013-07-02 17:56:07
Rob, I love you and your spirit. You don't know this but you Re one of my idols. Thank you for your strength. Love you soooooooo much!

Paula Delskey, Southwick, 2013-07-02 17:54:43
What an inspiring story, thank you so much for sharing it with others. Hopefully many will benefit from your 4 R's!!!!

Collynn, Springfield, 2013-06-28 16:34:52
I have know Rob for years now, always admired, respected and loved and I hope in some small way I have encouraged him as his strength has always encouraged me. He is an amazing man, wonderful friend and I am blessed to know him...honored to call him my friend.

Mark Z, West Suffield, CT, 2013-06-28 13:08:01
Great article! Rob seems like he is such an incredible guy! I'm sure he is changing and saving lives everyday. We should all work to have the same great optimistic qualities as Rob. Thank you for sharing your story. You are a true hero!

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