On the 25th anniversary of
World AIDS Day, people are talking about living with the disease.
Freda Jones, a mother, spoke to CNN
about receiving her diagnosis in 2002.
“When I got diagnosed I thought it
was the end of the world,” Jones said. My boyfriend “already
knew he was positive but he didn't tell me. I didn't ask him if he
was positive. He didn't tell, but also I didn't ask.”
Pat Till said he believes he acquired
HIV from his partner. He's been living with HIV since 1999.
“I pretty much made up a story of
what I was sick with. I said I was sick with Leukemia at the time,”
he said. “I was hoping that I would die instead of endure more of
the pain associated with being that sick.”
Robby Astrove said he was diagnosed HIV
positive at the age of 15.
“All things pointed to a 1978
life-saving blood transfusion I received just hours after my birth,”
“I think the biggest misconception is
that people that get it are promiscuous,” Till said. “It's
unbelievable the guilt and shame, and you don't want people to know
“If I was negative, I don't think I
would be the grown mature person that I am today,” Jones said.
“I could be you, you may even be me
right now. And things are going to get better,” Astrove said.
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