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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.


I have a story of the most loving brother-in-law. My brother-in-law was 11 when I met him. He never let us know how ill he was. He never asked for help.

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I've been getting sick a lot last year and eventually in September 2010 I decided to go for an HIV test and it came out positive. I cried a lot, I asked God what I did to deserve this, I thought about my children and the fact that I was going to die and leave them but after talking to a councilor and getting used to the fact that I was HIV+ I excepted it and started looking at life in a very different perspective. Being HIV+ doesn't mean you are going to die, this is the same disease as any.

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I tested HIV positive in November 1999 at the age of 24 just 6 months after I became sexually active with my first boyfriend. I have learnt to live one day at a time but am very lonely as each new boyfriend I meet immediately cuts ties with me the minute I tell him I am hiv positive.... My life is now centered on my education and my work but i still dream of a husband and children but stigmatisation of people with hiv is still very real.

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Anon 6

i am a 39yr old female i found out i had hiv 1995. i got if from my kids father after i had my kids. i stated taken madications then. but my medicaid stopped in 1997. i could pay for my meds so i went with them for years. until i ended up in the hospital i was on the broard line for having aids.

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in september 2008 my partner had a headache for three days. he's never been to the doctor before, raised on an island and never had any type of health care. i knew it was serious when i offered to take him to the ER and he agreed. Three days later, he was diagnosed with AIDS and a raging case of cryptococcal meningitis. CD4 count was 3. I went for a rapid test in the clinic attached to the hospital and never expected the answer to be that i was positive. i fell to the floor, cried like i was in a soap opera, and asked "who's going to raise my children?"

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