December 1, 2017, another WORLD AIDS DAY and I am still here. I never thought I would see the 21st century, let alone 17 years into it. Having been diagnosed with HIV in 1988 makes me a long term survivor. I have not only survived this disease but I have survived innumerable deaths of friends to this horrible disease. I've also survived the death of my grandparents and my mother. Maybe someday I will understand.