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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.

Lily 1

I’ve just been given my diagnosis a couple of months ago. I'm 20 years old and I don't know exactly how or when I got the virus as I have never had any distinctive symptoms or conversion illnesses.... I am not on medications as yet as my CD4 is still slightly above 350 and my viral load is relatively low. Every night I pray to God that they may find a cure to this terrible disease, but I must also acknowledge that yes, medications have come a long way and some doctors go as far as to claim that under the right circumstances ( adherence to treatment, time of diagnosis etc) one may expect to... Read more Read more


Recently I found out that a close friend and co-worker of mine has been tested HIV+. I reflect on my life because it can happen to anyone.

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i think im hiv positive im 20 years old but i think i got the virus when i was 17 years old i been having sytoms for a long just scared to get tested because i know its goin to be positive. i wouldnt know how to tell my family i wouldnt know how to tell anybody one thing for sure i do need somebody to talk you cant go thru this alone.

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I am 31 years old and just found out that I'm HIV positive on the 25th of March when I went to Ante Natal Clinic to book for my pregnancy. That excitement turned to grief as I didn't see any reason to celebrate that I'm now Mrs. I didn't know what to do after hearing these bad news but after reading the stories on your website, I'm positive and strong.

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I am a woman now pushing 70. I am white British middle class and heterosexual. I was 53 years old living in rural middle England when I was diagnosed.

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