HIV Longevity is a Blog about living with HIV and AIDS. I was diagnosed as HIV+ back in 1986, one year after graduating high school. I have been in a battle with this virus ever since. So far, it has beaten me down on many occasions, but I have always stood back up and continued living despite it. I will use this Blog to inform others what I have experienced and dealt with.
Who am I?
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I'm Vaughn Ripley. I've been writing all of my life. Born in Washington D.C. in 1967, and raised in the D.C. metropolitan area, I am a professional database administrator. Born a hemophiliac I've wrestled with Hepatitis C, which I recently beat after enduring a yearlong battle with medicine. I've also fought and continue to fight for more than twenty-three years in a battle with HIV and AIDS. I'm one of the longest living HIV+ people on the planet. My wife and I went through many hardships and tribulations to finally have two children via in vitro fertilization. I spent time racing motorcycles on the street and track. I excelled at rock climbing for more than seven years and attempted to climb Mount Rainier. I ran in and completed the New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon, raising more than $3,500 for AIDS care giving and research. I'm a certified personal trainer and adamantly work out to stay healthy, fit and trim. Along with my adrenaline and fitness related hobbies, I'm also an avid guitarist with a thirst for musical theory. In my spare time I enjoys writing, playing the guitar, weight lifting, mountain biking, four wheeling, and dabbling in poker. I live with my wife Kristine, our daughter, Trinity and our son, Xander, in Brunswick, Maryland.
If you would like to find out more information about me, visit my personal web site at: http://www.vaughnripley.com