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After his diagnosis, Magic says it took about a month to accept his fate. "[I thought,] 'Hey, I'm going to be living with HIV for the rest of my life, but I'm going to be fine with that,'" he says.

Magic encourages other people who are dealing with health crises to get involved with their treatment and stay positive.

"You have to really be good with you living with your diagnosis or your illness," he says. "I never felt like I was defeated and that I was going to give up and that it's over. I think that's why I've been living with HIV so long. I've always said, 'Okay, I'm going to do all the things I have to do, and I know I'm going to be here for a long time."
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FROM: Dr. Oz: After the Diagnosis with Montel Williams
Published on March 17, 2009
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