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David Ross Patient

author and long term survivor of HIV

Hi - I am David Patient. I have lived with HIV and AIDS since my diagnosis in March 1983, with what was then more commonly known as GRIDS, what we nowadays call AIDS, on my 22nd birthday. Back then, there were only about 1500 reported cases and already half of them had died. Prognosis was dismal. In many ways, I have been around HIV and AIDS since the very beginning. I guess I am what is called a long-term survivor... 

Having lived this long and being in the trenches, I have gained a great amount of knowledge and insights and years of experiences that have changed me in the most positive way. I have to be honest and say that for me, HIV has been my greatest teacher. I don’t think anyone can live through a 30+ year war, and the HIV pandemic has been exactly that, and not be dramatically affected by it at every level imaginable.

I have created this website so that I can share some of the experience I have gathered along the way. I'm happy to debate issues, share my experiences, my thoughts and my feelings with anyone who takes time to contact me. 

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