He was just 18 years old when he got the news. It was the summer before his senior year in high school.
"I had a fever of 103," Bryan Seth Johnson said. "My body was hurting; I wasn't eating, couldn't hold down food. I just felt weak all the time."
He went to the hospital, told them he was having difficulty swallowing and was treated for tonsillitis. But he didn't have tonsillitis.
Johnson had the human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV.
"I was basically in shock, because the guy I got HIV from works in the HIV-prevention field," Johnson recalled. "He deleted me from Facebook and basically cut all communication out."
At the time, Johnson was getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases every three months at SMYAL, an organization dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and questioning youth in Washington. Johnson says he generally practiced safe sex, but once, when he was under the influence, he had unprotected sex.