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Men living with HIV

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

Anthony 1

I am a 47 year old Italian guy from Staten Island NY. I have been living with this disease for 15 years going on 16. I was in so much denial I ran the streets as I had before smoking crack and just wanting to get high and higher, because I thought if I was going to die, I was going to die happy and high. So I thought. After 4 years I saw I was still here and healthy, so to speak. I decided to get help for my addiction and get educated about HIV/AIDS. I am happy and yes even proud to say that I have been clean from the drug of my choice for 6 going on 7 years and have been an HIV/AIDS... Read more Read more

Jody

I was infected at 17 years old by my second boyfriend. After being in that relationship for about 6 months or so this fellow told me that he loved me and that we didnt need to use condoms anymore. The sex was so good that I can still remember it to this day in more than one way. Today I know that Early detection and ALL PREVENTION are the keys to stopping the spread of this disease as well as EDUCATION. Take it from me " Wrap it UP"

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JP.

I was just diagnosed today, I know I had it... When the clinics opened after the holidays I asked to be tested and it came back reactive and a second test was ordered for the confirmation and I received it today. I have decided that no one else needs to know, Right now I can not deal with the discrimination and deal with my illness at the same time. I will have to deal with the emotional side of the illness in due time, in other words joining support group and telling my family and friends. I know life goes on but I have positive plans with the illness I live with now.

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Anon 11

When i found out i was so angry at myself how could i have did this to myself and my wife and family. The one thing that keep me was my wife unconditional love for she didn't left me, it wasn't easy but she still with me and i love her for that. I hope my story help someone when you have sex with people you don't know anything about think twice cause your life you save will be your own.be self put on a condom

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Mr. N.

I don't want to tell you HOW I got HIV, instead, I'll tell you what I did with it. So I took what was a directionless life, went back to school, and studied HIV. Six years later, I'm a PhD candidate at an excellent university and have begun experimenting on HIV, finding new ways to inhibit and hopefully destroy the pandemic it has caused. I failed science in high school but now I know why: I had no motivation. HIV is the perfect excuse to move beyond the hum-drum of normal life and make your life something special, something worthwhile.

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