Imagine that you have just been diagnosed as HIV positive.

Essay by jeffreytsaiUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, October 2003

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The unique, deadly disease AIDS has invaded the lives of millions of American families. It apparently has caused dynamics changes in society. AIDS has caused many infected patients to rethink their own social behavior and status. However, sometimes it is not necessary to completely shift one's personal routine just because the chance of living a semblance of a normal life depends on how the infected person reacts to the disease. First of all, those who are HIV positive may not have AIDS; therefore, if I had been diagnosed as HIV positive, I would establish a calm and strong confidence by reassuring myself of the fact that I may not necessary have as crucial of a situation as being diagnosed with AIDS, as long as I could put dramatic effort into taking care of my personal health and being cautious when engaging in any activity. Because of the lack of effective vaccines and antiviral drugs, I should not be excessively optimistic about the finding of a cure for the disease; instead, I would have to regulate my daily routine, exercise regularly, get proper nutrition, and maintain a positive attitude.

It would be necessary to tell the people around me about my condition because it would likely increase the feelings of family unity and encourage their comfortability with the disease; if so, I would not have to exhaustively hide my secret or pretend nothing was happening. Traditionally, in my culture, if people within a family know any of their own family member getting disease, the entire will unite together to help the family member to get through the hard time. I would also be able to that much more concentrate on my career or goals, cherish the moment, and enjoy whatever achievements I made.

The most important of all is to authentically...