David Phillips is a native of the Washington, DC area and is a subject for studies of HIV long-term non-progressors at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH. After a prolonged seroconversion illness beginning in 1982 at 17, he chose willful ignorance of his HIV status for almost 20 years due to a difficult prior neurosurgical history. David currently pursues a Master of Public Health in epidemiology at the University of Maryland while managing IT strategy and planning for a federal agency. Follow him at twitter.com/bigolpoofter where he often tweets photos of culinary creations with hashtag #foodporn. All views are his own and do not represent those of the US Government.