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Positive

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Being positive about being HIV-positive has been one of my saving graces over the last twenty years. While I don't subscribe to the view that you can defeat something like AIDS with affirmative thought alone, taking an optimistic view about your prognosis is an important ingredient in survival.

I have lived with HIV since the early 19805, through a period when people were stigmatised by the media, right-wing politicians and church leaders, among others. Even some people in my own gay community, where I expected support, were frightened and unsure how to treat those of us willing to admit we were positive.

There were trying times in the late eighties and early nineties, when so many friends were dying from AIDS that it seemed we were experiencing a holocaust, our own private war, with hundreds of our friends being cut down.

I developed my first AIDS-defining illness in 1989 and was given two to three years to live by my doctors. I have managed to . . .

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