I never knew what a normal life looked like. I spent half of my life in and out of hospitals and staying at Ronald McDonald houses. I was always surrounded by terminally ill children of my age. I was born a hemophiliac, and co-infected with both HIV and HCV at only age 3. I live daily with chronic pain from complications and joint damage as a result of my advanced severe Hemophilia, I have overcome the odds in my continuing battle against Hepatitis C and HIV, I've defied odds and beat HepC in 2014 after 30 years. In January 2014, I treated my HCV with Sovaldi, and was cured after over 30 yrs. Today I advocate for HIV, HCV & Hemophilia, speak publicly as a counselor for Central Florida.
Not only have I lived with chronic pain for my entire life from being born with severe Hemophilia, and having permanent joint damage, I have overcome the odds in my continuing battle against Hepatitis C and HIV. Being co-infected since age 3 (now 34), I've defied odds. In January 2014, I treated my HCV with Sovaldi, and was cured after over 30 yrs. — Joseph
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