HIV Longevity Still Fighting…

16Feb/09Off

Introduction to the Secret

I am an HIV+ hemophiliac. I was infected through a bad blood transfusion of Factor VIII sometime in mid-1980.

More than 22,000,000 people have died from AIDS.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) web site an estimated 40,000,000 people were living with HIV/AIDS as of the end of 2003. And, approximately 1 of every 100 adults aged 15 to 49 are HIV-infected. An estimated 5,000,000 new HIV infections occurred worldwide during 2003 (that is approximately 14,000 new infections every day).

In 2003 alone, HIV/AIDS-associated illnesses caused the deaths of approximately 3,000,000 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as of 2003 nearly 950,000 United States residents are living with the HIV infection.

According to the National Hemophilia Foundation, the estimate for the number of people in the United States with hemophilia is approximately 20,000. They approximate that 50 percent of the hemophilia population in the United States contracted HIV in the 1980’s! They also estimate a total number of HIV+ hemophiliacs at somewhere around 10,000. It is estimated that over 4,200 members of the HIV/hemophilia community have died since the onset of the crisis; this leaves approximately 5,800 of us still “alive and kicking” and hoping to stay that way until a cure comes along.

Quite a while ago I decided to write a book about how I have managed to live so long with this deadly disease. My book was going to be titled, Longevity Despite HIV - The Secret to Living a Long, Healthy and Happy Life In the Face of HIV or AIDS. It didn't take me long to change my mind about a published book. My next idea was to make it an e-book and make it available for free to the world. This idea lasted a little while and I completed my outline and compiled some ideas and information... Until recently, that was the direction I was going with this project. The more that I thought about it, the more I realized that I had to do this in a Blog environment.

Blogging is new to me, even though I have been writing all of my life. In addition to my writing, I contribute a good amount of posts to many online discussion forums. I figured it was time to start a Blog.

My decision to Blog comes from the fact that I have more to talk about than simply my book idea. So, I decided to create the Blog and make a category called, "The Secret." Under this category I will fulfill my dream of writing my book about longevity. While I am working on this project, I will continue to put my other ideas relating to HIV into written word on my Blog.

That's it in a nutshell... I hope you dig it!

p.s. This post is a chapter in my blog-book, The Secret to Longevity. Checkout my similar posts here: http://hivlongevity.com/the-secret. Or, follow the goodie trail:
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