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He doesn't often tell people about his disease, in part because he now works in a health-related field, in part for social reasons. And he asks that his real name not appear in this story.

"I don't want to be labeled as weak or have people freaking out because they're worried they might catch it," he says. "I'm real careful, especially about anyone coming into contact with my blood."

He's quiet for a moment, reflective, then says, "I made a dumb mistake. Now I'm paying for it."

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