I know from speaking to people across the United States that many of you believe that you have never met anyone with HIV or AIDS. So first things first.
My name is Dab Garner and I am HIV positive. I was one of the first Americans infected with HIV and was diagnosed with GRID (HIV) on 2/14/82. I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1994 after surviving cancer (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) for the second time.
Most of my friends, including two partners, died before 1996 because we did not have any of the new life saving HIV medications that are available today.
Now that you have met someone with HIV and AIDS so that is out of the way. I am also a son, brother, partner, uncle, protector, and friend so HIV is just a part of me and I do not let it define me.
On my blog, I will be giving you a first hand account of a day in the life of a person with HIV/AIDS in the United States.
I will be discussing my daily routines, medication schedules, side effects, ADAP waiting lists and other HIV community issues, life as a HIV positive man, weight resistance training, nutrition, my search for quality health care and general information in the world of HIV.
You can find my profile on the following internet social networking sites: