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Wife: My husband is living with HIV
I found out my husband was HIV positive about two years ago, I was devastated and so scared I may be infected after being married for 14 years and having two children. Amazingly, after taking the test I found out I was negative.
I believe this is only by God's grace to me and my children. I continually pray for protection for myself and my children. I do feel very isolated in this situation though as I do not know many people in this situation in the UK.
Whenever you look for support groups, charities etc it's always for Gay men which kind of angers me as it doesn't just affect them.
It's hard to get support as you cannot tell many people as HIV has so much fear and preconceived ideas surrounding it.
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.