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Rick - choosing to live, not die

Portrait of a mature man

I was diagnosed in 1995, and I can tell you all now it did not stop me from living. It actually started me living.

I gave up my bad habits and started having my family in my life more than ever before. So let your family know, they will become your support.

Become proactive. This is not death. We are stronger together.

Sometimes an HIV diagnosis can put things into perspective! Rick took charge of his life after he became HIV positive, and now sees his family more. What will you do? See here for more info on living with HIV.

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Last updated: 13 April 2017