Steve, age 58 / Maryland, USA


It’s not so much that I fear that I’ll die with HIV or AIDS, ‘cause I don’t think that’s gonna kill me anymore. But I think that some of the other co-occurring conditions are premature aging issues that I’m gonna have because I’ve been on HIV meds for so long. I’m worried that I’ll have a stroke.  I’m worried that my liver and kidneys will fail me because they’ve been filtering these drugs for a long time. I’m now diabetic. I don’t want to get old before my time. I don’t want to have the issues of a 90 year old man when I’m 70. I want ALL my years, and I don’t want anyone to tell me I should be satisfied because I had a few extra years because of HIV. I don’t want to settle.