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Shreveport man give inside look at being HIV Positive

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James Maxie gives an inside look at what it's like to have HIV. James Maxie gives an inside look at what it's like to have HIV.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) - After a masked man announced on social media he infected more than 30 women with HIV, KTBS looked into why someone would purposely infect another.
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We found a man who found out almost 10 years ago he was HIV positive. James Maxie said he contracted it when he was molested as a child, but no matter if it was a choice that leads to the infection or not he said people newly diagnosed are angry.

“It's very natural in any circumstance, not just dealing with HIV—if something happens to you, our first stage is anger and we want revenge,” Maxie said.

Rage, disappointment and feeling like 'why me?' are other things James Maxie said goes through a person's mind.

He now lives at the Mercy Center and works with others with HIV to come to terms with the disease.

The Center's director LaToya White said men are more vocal about taking revenge, making claims like the Shreveport masked man, but women handle it differently.

“I've seen women be a little more, should I say, quite or silent with theirs. Not as much as vocal but still practicing the risky behaviors.”

White said it takes different people different amounts of time to be OK with being HIV positive.

“Some do suffer with the depression and the regretfulness for a very long time,” she said. “Where as others, they're ready to get out there and fight and help other people, as well. So it really depends on the individual.”

Close to 10 years passed before Maxie reached that point.

“I've learned to deal with it, and accept it day for day,” he said. “And I still know I have 50, 60 even 70 good-ole' years left in me!”

Since HIV and AIDS is such a manageable disease these days, Maxie thinks folks might not take it as a serious threat, but he warns that one bad decision could affect the rest of your life.

The best defense against the transmission of HIV is knowledge.

You can get tested by visiting The Philadelphia Center's main office on Centenary Boulevard. Testing is from 9 to 4 every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Testing is also available from 9 to 7 every third Thursday of the month, and from 10 to 3 every first Saturday of the month.
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