I'm Vaughn Ripley. My memoir, Survivor: One Man's Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C was recently published. I've been writing all of my life. Born in Washington D.C. in 1967, and raised in the D.C. metropolitan area. Born a hemophiliac I've wrestled with Hepatitis C, which I recently beat after enduring a yearlong battle with medicine. I've also fought and continue to fight for more than twenty-four years in a battle with HIV and AIDS. I'm one of the longest living HIV+ people on the planet. My wife and I went through many hardships and tribulations to finally have two children via in vitro fertilization. I spent time racing motorcycles on the street and track. I excelled at rock climbing for more than seven years and attempted to climb Mount Rainier. I ran in and completed the New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon, raising more than $3,500 for AIDS care giving and research. I'm a certified personal trainer and adamantly work out to stay healthy, fit and trim. Along with my adrenaline and fitness related hobbies, I'm also an avid guitarist with a thirst for musical theory. In my spare time I enjoys writing, playing the guitar, weight lifting, mountain biking, four wheeling, and dabbling in poker. I live with my wife Kristine, our daughter, Trinity and our son, Xander, in Brunswick, Maryland.