David Ross Patient
a little history
mind of a survivor
Running on Faith
How HIV has become the least of my challenges.
What (and why) do we Teach our Children about Sex?
My life as an international drug smuggler...
Prevention with Positives (PWP): Does it Work?
Look Before You Leap - Ten Conditions for Successfully Motivating For Change
The road to hell is littered with good Samaritans
Circles only have one side....the decline of my immune system
MassMart CSI Ambassador
In my culture....
Viral load reduction and Primary HIV infection: The new frontiers of reducing HIV transmission?
What Long Term Survivors can teach the rest of the HIV infected populations?
Ten Conditions for Successfully Motivating for Change
Accountability:- the individuals role
The implications of a drug holiday
US versus THEM.... it's all in the spelling!
Take the Blue Pill
I'm Still Standing
Positive Health 6th Edition 2013
Choices: All about HIV & AIDS
The Healer Inside you
Hi - I am David Patient. I have lived with HIV and AIDS since my diagnosis in 1983, at the ripe old age of 22. 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...
When you live this long with a life-threatening condition, it changes the way you view the world. It also changes the way you see what is important, and what is not. 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.
Most of what I do is done through my company, Empowerment Concepts, which I own and run jointly with Neil Orr, a research psychologist.
I live on a farm near Nelspruit (Mpumalanga Province, South Africa), which is a gorgeous sub-tropical area of the world, very close to the Kruger National Park. I enjoy the open spaces, and peace and quiet. I spend a great deal of time travelling and working with people, so returning home is where I get my head sorted out, and get ready for the next trip. I strongly believe in 'filling up' so that I can give to others, and it is at home that I 'fill up'.
Together with Neil, I design and present trainings for a variety of groups: Community trainings on issues of HIV and AIDS, food security, and Positive Living (Wellness for both those living with HIV, and people in general).
We also do corporate trainings, such as Leadership Development, Personal Empowerment (an EQ-type process), and Wellness Educator (which has a broader scope than the HIV/AIDS-type Peer Educator Trainings).
We have also published several books, including Positive Health, Choices (an up-to-date book for ordinary people about HIV/AIDS), Sex Secrets (life skills for teens and young adults), and The Healer Inside You (a PNI-based at-home therapy protocol). You can check out these books at the Empowerment Concepts website.