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HIV Tried Me. It Lost: My First Year In College

Jul 3, 2017
courtesy of vox atlanta

“The pediatrician said you need to come to the office immediately,” my mom quivered over the phone. Hearing “immediately” commanded my heart to double time, and my stomach felt like it was being flushed down the toilet.

The week before, I’d had a routine physical, and the doctor noticed large, swollen lymph nodes around my neck and in my groin area and that I had started to feel dizzy after standing up for more than 30 seconds.

Ron Clark teaches at his academy in Atlanta.
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Courtesy of AIDSvu.org

Atlanta is ranked No. 5* among U.S. cities when it comes to the rate of new diagnoses of HIV.

Experts say that's because routine HIV testing is not offered in the places where most people get their health care. By the time patients are diagnosed in Atlanta, almost one-third have advanced to clinical AIDS