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Newly Diagnosed with HIV
This year has been full of ups and downs. While my health continues to improve, my circle of supportive friends continues to grow
When my therapist said to me, "you're the same person you always were, but now you are a healthy person living with HIV."
As the one year anniversary of my diagnosis quickly approaches, I find myself struggling with knowing when to live
Terrified, I shut the lights, buried my face in my hands and told him the secret I was dreading to tell him for the last four weeks
For someone like me, who doesn't quite "fit" the HIV "mold," this was a harder, more time consuming process than I thought it would be.
Moving into the New Year, I hope that when I swallow my pill every morning, rather than allowing my anger and sadness to consume me
As a recently diagnosed person with HIV, I've chosen to share the news of my diagnosis with a very small number of people.
The numbers that show up on the result of my next blood test will force me to make a decision about treatment
I am infinitely blessed to come from a family of loving, supportive, smart, rational, conscientious people.
I am a 24-year-old, white, female graduate student living in New York City. I am HIV positive. I was diagnosed in June.