Monday, November 8, 2010

HIV's Lingering Legacy

From The New York Times, by Pam Belluck

"They've been telling me since age 3 that I would die," Tom Cosgrove said quietly.

"Then age 6, age 8, age 10."

Now 20, he is considered the longest-living person born with H.I.V. in his state, but every year has brought struggle.

As a toddler at a shelter for children infected with H.I.V. from birth, he watched others die. Then, AIDS killed his mother and newborn brother. At 8, his body rejected medication and he became temporarily unable to walk.

He raged with anger, once even striking a teacher with a chair. Classmates, paranoid about his disease, refused to shake his hand or sit at his lunch table. Friends' parents forbade them to visit, and he could not join basketball teams or karate classes.

Even now, medications impair his short-term memory, making school, and job prospects, difficult.

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