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Positive Teens stories

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

Kathy

Hi im Kathy 12 i was born with HIV.. i dont know how many meds i have taken in my life... I dont really remember how my mom told me that i had HIV or anything... I just wanna be normal. like all the other girls you know have a crush get a first kiss without thinking about it...

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J.O

I was born with HIV. For people who were born with it can you remember the first time being told? Not me I feel I was born knowing this. Growing up with HIV I didn't understand why me. I also didn't understand why I had to take so much medication at the time. So at on point I stopped taking my medication. I would hide it under plants and things of that sort. My Levels were high, very high and if didn't move with my sister in law and brother I would be very very sick or even possibly dead. I struggle with it because I'm 19 and dating would seem very hard for me because I know one day I... Read more Read more

Anon 12

On new years eve last year my drink was spiked. I was raped and bashed by two men. They ruined me. Three months later, I tested HIV positive. It is now September and after what happened on new years and being diagnosed I struggled with some serious depression. I tried to kill myself twice but I thankfully failed. So now here I am. HIV positive after my rape but I am here and I am doing ok.

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Ruthy

I am currently a full month away from being 21 years old. I am HIV +. I was born with it, but i didn't know what was wrong with me till i was 15 years old. The way that i found out was that something was first wrong with me was when i was six years old and i got blind after getting very sick and taking twice as long as the other kids to get better.

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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

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