On an afternoon in August 1988, I learned that I had tested positive for HIV infection. The doctor told me not to worry just come back in 6 months and get tested again. As far as I knew then, I had just been given a death sentence so I just went about my life thinking I would be dead in a year or so.
World AIDS Day serves as an important reminder that HIV/AIDS has not gone away. More than one million Americans currently live with HIV/AIDS in the United States, and more than 56,000 become infected each year. For too long, this epidemic has loomed over our Nation and our world, taking a devastating toll on some of the most vulnerable among us. On World AIDS Day, we mourn those we have lost and look to the promise of a brighter future and a world without HIV/AIDS.