The new reality of living with HIV is now also aging with HIV, which brings with it questions and concerns in regards to quality of life; and whether cause of death is or is not directly HIV related.
I received my HIV diagnosis fifteen years ago ( I also have anal herpes) and since then I have developed two other chronic conditions other than having HIV.
These two chronic conditions are typically not seen in individuals under the age of 50; and I will be turning 44 in a month.
That being said, if left untreated, these two chronic conditions can lead to death eventually; but I take my medications, eat healthy, exercise, and live my life. It is cause for significant anxiety and depression if you go down the rabbit hole of "what if" "if I only" "if I only had" when thinking about your future quality of life, living and aging with HIV.
I refuse to do that. I take care of myself, my health is stable without any notable complications, and I live my life to the fullest.
- James cotromanes