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My Virus Just Turned Twenty-One A Woman’s Perspective of the Long-term Psychological Impact of Living with HIV 

My Virus Just Turned Twenty-One A Woman’s Perspective of the Long-term Psychological Impact of Living with HIV
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My Virus Just Turned Twenty-One A Woman’s Perspective of the Long-term Psychological Impact of Living with HIV
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Susan Paxton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195399349.003.0037
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date: 17 June 2019

This chapter discusses the long-term psychological impact of living with HIV, especially as a single-mother raising a young child. The author highlights her constant worry of transmitting the virus to her son, as well as the loss of self-esteem that initially plagued her. The author discusses her journey to eventually becoming an openly HIV-positive person and the changing identity that came with the diagnosis.

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