"When I found out I was HIV-positive, the news sent me into a spiral of shame and self-destruction," reveals Nashville, Tennessee resident, Quoc, who shares his personal story as part of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public service campaign, "Treatment Works."
"I hit rock bottom," Quoc admits. "I thought I would die from my drug addiction before I died from my HIV."
Willing to acknowledge that there are real barriers to people getting in and staying with treatment, the multimedia campaign employs a diverse group of people living with HIV who share their real stories about how treatment has worked for them.
Watch Quoc share what eventually got him into treatment:
The CDC hopes the campaign will show that sticking with care and treatment helps poz people stay healthy, protect others, and live longer, healthier lives.
Since those dark days, Quoc says, "I've made taking care of myself and my HIV a top priority. Now, I'm at a point where I can help others get in care, stay on treatment, and learn to live a long, healthy life."