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Women living with HIV

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

From Nigeria

HI I HAVE READ ALL UR STORIES AND IM GLAD IM NOT ALONE. I FOUND OUT I HAD AIDS WHN I WAS PREGNANT N HAD TO TELL MY HUSBAND, HE GOT TESTED POSITIVE, MY SON WAS TESTED WHN HE WS BORN BUT THE DR TOLD ME MY ANTIBODIES WERE STILL IN HIS SYSTEM...MY SON IS 9 YRS NOW AND I DONT HAVE THE COURAGE TO HAVE HIM TESTED AGAIN EVEN THOUGH HE HAS BEEN HEALTHY (THANK GOD).

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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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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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Precious Child

Hi ladies, I was diagnosed today August 27 2010. Its sad I'm pregnant with my first Child. I call him precious baby. I must start ARVs on Monday for the Sake of Precious. I told his father today he just stared at me never said anything. I think he blames me, but I never cheated him even once. Last time I tested neg. I'm so devastated.

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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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