Patient Comments: AIDS - Experience

What is your personal experience with HIV/AIDS?

Comment from: MASTER MAT, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 28

I have been living with HIV for over 30 years. I was diagnosed in 1983. It is not easy; in fact – it's hard. You take medication, and then deal with the side effects. Anyone who is HIV positive should be in treatment. When I was first sick, it did not even have a name, and we did not know it was a retrovirus. The point is, soon, hopefully, there will be a cure. In the meantime, we must try to reduce new infections, through safe sex practices and early treatment. Waiting until someone is sick from HIV is the wrong way to go. It's like calling the fire department only when you see the house is burning down. As soon as you see smoke – you call. Getting an HIV test is the first step to staying healthy.

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