It's my 1 year on August 24th and wondered how to deal with it that day.
It's just another day. I'll celebrate when there's an actual cure.
Embrace who you are as a person. Don't let HIV DEFINE you! Your like any other person with an illness. Celebrate your life many don't have that opportunity.
In the early years I would get drunk and celebrate another year of Living. As the years ticked by (now more than 30), I just can't. The good part when diagnosed was that it was a death sentence. I thought I wouldn't have to live and watch other friends and family go before me. It's just not working out that way...
Congrats Brother on another year of knowing and living. As another member mentioned, do not allow HIV to define you. You are young and handsome a full life ahead of you. Picture this; I was diagnosed in 1986 way back when HIV was new and everyone thought it to be a certain death. A lot of chaos and gay bashing went on in Honolulu. The bar scene slowly started to fade, many of my friends died from it as we did not know how to deal with it and there was no treatment available. I went through depression and self loathing however my wife (I was married then) was supportive and she got tested and my youngest daughter born a year earlier was also tested and they're both clear of it. I was in denial for many of those years since diagnosed until my health started to decline and I gave in to being treated. The treatment has given me my life back, I have beautiful grandchildren, I get up and go to work 6 days a week, I am undetectable now as a result of treatment. What's not to celebrate! I am having a mai tai on your behalf in celebration for your year of knowing and living. Aloha!