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Shelby Smoak's memoir 'Bleeder' explores life after an HIV diagnosis

by Take Two

Cover of Shelby Smoak's book, "Bleeder."

We all been told at least once that life isn't fair, but some people live that phrase every single day of their lives. 

Author Shelby Smoak was born with hemophilia. When he was 11, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion, but didn't find out about his disease until when he was 18. His new memoir, "Bleeder," begins at this point in his life.  

He joins the show today, World Hemophilia Day, to talk about his experience with blood illnesses and what it was like to tell his story. 

Bleeder — Chapter 1

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