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Living with HIV/AIDS

A selection of HIV/AIDS related personal stories written by different people from all around the world and sent to AVERT.

cindy

I am a 43 year old woman and i discovrred my status on 15 September 2009. At the time my cd4 was 650 and since then i have not been on any medication. My cd4 now is 325 and my Doctor (bless his soul) has recommended i start treatment but i am scared. I am terrified because i have not told anyone (family and friends) about my status because of the stigma. I just want to tell everyone out there that life goes on and that this desease is not a death sentence and although life as you know it may change because of your new status, it is still your life which only you can live to the fullest Read more

Anon 20

im 30 years old and hiv posetive in april 2009 after 2weeks i told all my family they just look at me and crying i said to them stop crying im not dying... i thanks god to give me strength,love hope ,believing in myself knowing dat is not the end of my life,what makes me smilling is day my last son he is negative god save him.guys lets support each other and pray that one day medication will come out i love u all take care of urself Read more

Diane

I found out I have the HIV virus after visiting my doctor with a rash that kept coming back. Well the doctor called me and said that she needed me to come back in for my results. I was totally blown away when I heard the words " you are HIV positive". I am now waiting on my next appointment with a case manager to see where I am with everything and where do I go from here. I want to tell my mom sooo bad but I know she will tell the rest of the family and I don't know if I am ready for the world to know..... Read more

Miles

I'm 21 years old and I was exposed to the virus a week before my 21st birthday. I used to be very selective in having sex and would do it only with protection. But one open scar took my health away. I feel guilty and angry for what happened to me, and I thought to myself, why life is so unfair? Redirect my frustration with injustice and unfairness and channel it into a drive to fight injustice and unfairness. Alleviate suffering wherever you can. Today we are struggling with HIV, but I promise soon there will be a cure for it. Read more

maggy

i found out my status last year April 2012! i must say support group has been my source of inner strength i have a daughter and am happy and look at life in a different angle. Read more

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