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Wayne: My partner is living with HIV
Hi, my partner found out he is HIV postive in August 2012. It was awfull hearing the news at first. I looked at him, then we had a few moments together, we cried, and I said: "I'm not going to leave you." That day didn't change my love for him, it was also the day I knew nothing would change. I will never know how he feels sometimes inside... but all I can do is be there. I have been tested since and all my results are negative, and we have a very heathy safe sex relationship. It's 2012, I know people who have been infected for 19 years and are living proof that HIV can, and will be kept at bay with the right meds. We are all human and have feelings on how we all deal with things in our own way, but never give up!
AVERT says: Learning your partner is living with HIV can be an emotional experience - for everyone involved. You may both feel sad, fearful, or maybe even shocked or angry. It is important to know however that HIV can be managed, and it doesn't have to define your partner, or your relationship. With the right treatment, people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives, and with the right support, all those affected can learn to manage the emotional impact that an HIV diagnosis has. For further information, have a look at our pages on Living with HIV.