In the early 1980s, nearly 10,000 Americans with hemophilia, a rare blood-clotting disorder, contracted both HIV and hepatitis C from blood and blood products used to control bleeding. Of those, approximately 2,000 remain alive today.
In 1985, I tested positive for HIV, then called HTLV-III, at the age of 19. My brother and brother-in-law, both hemophiliacs, tested positive as well. My brother-in-law, Pat, lost his battle with AIDS in 1990, and my brother John succumbed to liver failure fro