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Local man shares personal HIV story

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Jerry Fisher writes - I've been living with HIV since 2005, and I've lost five friends to AIDS in the past three years alone.

"HIV is nothing I would wish on anyone, least of all a child," said Fisher.

When he heard the news that a Mississippi child born with the virus appears to have been cured, he was skeptical.

"It can't be discounted. But, at the same time we need to temper it with the realization that this is not a functional cure that we can turn around and use for the general population for everyone," said Fisher.

He is hoping this particular case opens doors to future, more refined treatments. Next month will mark his eight year living with HIV.

"I was told that essentially there is not cure," said Fisher. "It will be a chronic condition much like diabetes so long as I took my medications daily. That I should live a long, full, nearly normal life."

That's what Fisher has been doing. Despite the story of the Mississippi child potentially being cured, he isn't about to stop his anti-AIDS drugs as a result of the case.

"I know I won't live to see a cure, but I'm hoping my niece of nephews or other young children, when they come of age, there will be some kind of effective treatment for it when it can be cured once and for all."

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