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A Piece of My Mind
August 14, 2013

Scared of Worms

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2013;310(6):583-584. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.167500

“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.