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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.

Havefaith

Im 19 years old and have been living with HIV for about 2 years. I would like to share my story so i can help others. I was 17 and in high school.

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Sad

I'm an 18-year-old girl and I was diagnosed with HIV at 16. I was not born with it and I am still a virgin.... Recently, I have found a really nice guy and who asked me out, and I said yes. We have been going out for over a month and he knows I am a virgin so he is not pushing me to have sex until I am ready. What he doesn’t know is that I'm keeping this secret from him, and jeopardizing his health by doing so.

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Joanne

Ive been with my partner for nearly a year now & I knew he was HIV positive when I first got with him. We haven’t had sex yet only because I want to know a bit more about HIV. I’m going to start going to hospital appointments with him and be by his side. The thing I always worry about is maybe in a few years we would love to have children. I’ve heard of the sperm wash but I don’t know much about it.

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NOBUHLE

I AM 24 YEARS OLD & WAS DIAGNOSED IN APRIL THIS YEAR AND I AM STILL GOING STRONG, I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL 4 MY CD4 CHECK UP AND ITS 695. I SUMTYMS ASK MYSELF WHY ME? BUT AT THE SAME TIME THIS VIRUS MAKES ME VALUE MY LIFE EVEN MORE NOW, I HAVE STOPED SMOKING AND DRINKING AND IT MADE ME REALISE THAT THIS IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE BUT ITS A METTAR OF CHANGING MY LIFESTYLE.

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Malme

I found out that i am HIV+ in 2011 when i was pregnant with my first baby girl..at 23-24yrs of age... The only challenge for me nw is that I have to start taking arvs and i am not sure if i will cope..

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