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Decoding the life of an HIV patient

Patient’s healthy newborn signals new age of HIV has arrived – that of normal healthy living

Three years ago, a man in his 30s was referred to me as he had tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

It was an understatement to say he was devastated. Ben (not his real name) wept and expressed the exact fears, worries and hopes that I have heard from my former patients.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Decoding the life of an HIV patient'. Print Edition | Subscribe