My name is Robin Barkins. I was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 15. When I heard the devastating news, I thought my life was over. I refused all HIV treatment. I began to use drugs and I slept around with different men and women without disclosing my status. I was angry and I wanted the world to feel my pain.
For 10 years I did a lot of demoralizing things. I kept my status a secret from the world; I even kept it from my own mother. After 10 years of running from my problems, using drugs and drinking alcohol, I began to get tired of the way I was living my life. I decided to go into treatment.
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