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My Story: Johnerio and HIV

Johniero was shocked with his HIV diagnosis but that did not stop this writer and advocate. Watch his inspiring story here.

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I became HIV positive March, 2015.
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I was shocked. I was like, this cannot be real. I wish I knew that, at that moment,
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that I would still be here. HIV is not a death sentence.
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So hey, you have to become educated on this, and you have to become an advocate for your own health care. It's important.
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The advice I would give someone when it comes to building a great relationship with your doctor is being honest and open.
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All the information that you can give your doctor is only to help you. It is not going to take you out, that you control it,
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that you make it, and that's how I came up with my campaign, I am not HIV, just to show that we are not our situations,
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we make our situation, that situation does not make us. I think that there's a lot of misconceptions
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when it comes to HIV. Like, they think that you're going to die. No, you're going to continue to live your life, as
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successful as you can. And healthy. You're still healthy. My doctor tells me all the time, Johnerio, your body,
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your muscles, your joints, everything is great. As an advocate, I put myself in the forefront.
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I show them that hey, I'm living with HIV, I'm HIV undetectable, and I'm still living my best life. I wrote my first book, I graduated with my master's,
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I help feed the homeless. Just being out in the community of individuals that are newly diagnosed, that may need someone to talk to,
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just give them a shoulder. I choose a positive outlook of HIV just because I know that it is not going to take me out.
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I know that I'm still healthy, and knowing that HIV hasn't and isn't going to stop my life, I'm happy.
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I'm happy that I'm still alive. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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