“Today is my anniversary, Doc. Twenty-five years.” Eric greeted me with those words at his clinic appointment a year ago. It had been 25 years since he was diagnosed with HIV infection. The year of his diagnosis, 1987, was also the year I began working with patients with HIV. Eric’s announcement prompted me to reflect on the prior quarter century and our relationship over that time. He and I share little in common, and our interactions have at times been contentious. Recently, however, they have become more cordial with the realization that we share at least one thing.
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