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freeflight

Dear Oriol, you are living inspiration to many people on this planet.I am writing this blog from South Africa, which has probably the highest infection rate of HIV on the African continent. You are very courageous and give hope to many people..be they gay,bi,hetero or whatever and/or HIV+. With all the problems surmounting the world, your words instill a very calming and relaxant effect on a person and one only needs to sit back, take cogniscent, and realise how very lucky most of us are in this universe.May God/godess/all that is, bless you and all those you touch with your hands and inspiring words.

January 14, 2009

luz

I'M 38 MYSELF.I PLAN ON COMING OUT TO MY FAM. THIS YEAR.MY BABY BE HERE IN 2 WEEKS AND WISH TO GIVE A VOICE OF HOPE TO HIV WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE HELP OF POZ.IT'S NOT A CURSE BUT A BLESSING.BEING POS. SINCE 2004 HAS GIVEN ME FIRE ,DRIVE AND DETERMINATION TO FIGHT SO HARD FOR MY LIFE.THANKS FOR THE NEVER ENDING INSPIRATION. REGAN AND ORIOL YOU GO!!!

October 4, 2008

Hector

Oriol: Me to, Cuban, your baby pic looks alot like mine, mine is a little older (dob 62'), great story, mine was a bit different, raised in Miami, I was a closeted sucessful Attorney, it happened when I woke up on Feb. 5th 1998, with what turned out to be pneumonia, had my best friend drive me to the ER, where my father was the Physician on duty, I litlerally went in respiratory distress and died and came back, that was ten years ago, now I am still a very successful Attorney,but , I am proud to be out, with a fantastic husband, and a very supportive family. Life has a way of bettering itself when the truth sets you free. Good Luck and Happy Belated Birthday.

September 23, 2008

Paolo

Thank you for your honesty I was diagnosed in 1990 a true miracle of survival I, like you , have reason to celebrate my birthday one more time . My work on this hearth is not done yet.

September 23, 2008

Andrew McLaughlin

Oriol, I also learned on my birthday that I was HIV+ and full blown AIDS. I had to be hsp'd. So far, with meds,I feel great and live a "healthy" lifestyle.

September 17, 2008

Oriol

It's interesting that so many of you, from such different backgrounds, can relate to my story. We all really do have much more in common than we might think.

September 15, 2008

WN

Oriol, Very brave of you. Atleast you have had the guts to tell your family about your status - its almost ten years now and I still dont have the guts to do so, though am already divorced from my husband - who infected me and he is pretty sickly and his health raises querries... Its a challenge - but unlike those early years, I know its no longer a death sentence - my life, just like yours began when I was diagnosed - during a pre-natal clinic - and now a mother of hiv free lovely almost 9 year old. Life begins, and does not end with HIV! God Bless.

September 15, 2008

Thomas

Hi Oriol,first of all, let me say Happy Belated Birthday! I have never responded to a Blog before, but after reading yours, was touched. I too was diagnose in 1992. I was being prepared for hemmoroidal surgery and the surgeon came and told me the news. Raised up as a black man in a very strice Christian environment,hard to be able to disclose my status to anyone. Took many years to finally not be ashame and enmbarress by this disease. So many different medication and side effects, but now at 53 years old have manage with the grace of God to be still here, and viral load is undetectable. Like yourself, grateful to be able to survive one more day. Wishing you the best always and for all of us out there, "take one day at a time". and keep your head up high. We are all the same!

September 14, 2008

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