Skip to Main Content

After surviving hemophilia, hepatitis C, and HIV, Joseph Burke considers himself a walking miracle. But the medical odyssey that saved his life has also ravaged his joints, and now each day begins in pain, whether from his ankles, knees, shoulders, or all of the above.

“I just white-knuckle it, grit my teeth, and here I am, you know?” said Burke, 41.

Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free!

GET STARTED