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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.

Angel 1

I know it’s hard to live with this virus but it gets easier with time, all it takes is motivation. You have to want to live and to understand that it won’t be easy. Some days I feel like not waking up, not seeing people, not wanting to talk to anyone, but to my knowledge people go through that whether positive or not, but with us been positive we turn to blame everything on been positive.

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I find out I have HIV last year October after I have a tummy tuck operation. My world crashes down in 5 seconds, I was thinking of my mother who I have to take care of... My doctor was very supportive she consoled me and told me that my life will not stop there. Now I visit a specialist of HIV and AIDS and have to take blood every 3 months. Thank god my CD4 is very high and I do not have to take any pills yet.

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I like some of the other stories I have read was born with HIV. I told that I had HIV a month after my 18th birthday, a few weeks before I left home for university in the US. My parents couldn't believe that I handled the situation so well the feared the worst, that I would be hysterical but I told them that I guess I always knew I just never really truly accepted. I was hoping I would be wrong. It's been almost 9 months since then and 8 since I started living on my own. Learning to take my medication on time, dealing with getting prescriptions, getting health insurance and seeking medical... Read more Read more

Anon 13

I am 33 years old and I have been living with HIV for 14 teen years. I found out when I was pregnant and had to take some test it was a dramatic result but I’m living a healthy life with 3 healthy negative children....

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I wanted to write to encourage everyone living with HIV to stay positive no matter what. I am negative by the grace of God. However I lost my beautiful sister who was only 43 and my two brothers.... Coming from an African country, the stigma attached to having HIV is what kills people. We would rather hide behind witchcraft and ignorance than face the truth. I urge people from all over the world to get tested and know your status.

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