Thursday, April 25, 2013
Addiction and HIV; Jason's story
I have been very public about how I contracted HIV, but what a lot of people do not know is that I have relapsed twice since being diagnosed with HIV. My partner and my two (former) best friends know that. For me, after I found out I had contracted HIV, I just gave up. In my head I figured I had already hit the lowest point that a person's life could get because I could not imagine a life after HIV.
At the time of my diagnosis I truly did not know much about HIV, even though my senior paper in high school was about HIV testing. Unfortunately, my beliefs and knowledge about HIV remained the same as back in 1993.
The abscess ended up being a MRSA infection, and in my ignorance I thought surely that had to be the precursor to HIV. I had been feeling so very tired and the antibiotics were not working very well on the MRSA, so I assumed I must have HIV. (Of course, now I know that is silly, but my ignorant self thought it made total sense at the time.) So I go to my family doctor and get an HIV test. And yes, the result was positive.
Posted by Kevin Maloney at 6:00 PM