When John was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, he never would have imagined he would still be alive today to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Twenty-three years later, he views his life with the sense of appreciation and perspective that can only come from someone forced to face his own mortality. “My life is a lot different,” he says, “but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
Despite advancements in medication and treatment, life with an HIV diagnosis is still a challenge, both physically and emotionally. This year, WUOT Producers Matt Shafer Powell and Leslie Snow sat down with five East Tennesseans to hear their stories about living with HIV. In the WUOT radio documentary "I'm Still Here: My HIV Life", each speaks frankly about the grief, pain and hope that accompany their diagnoses.