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

Jackie 1

My parents never actually gave me "the talk", so everything I knew about sex I learned through my friends and through the Internet. One summer, I met a really attractive guy named Jamie. I later learned that Jamie had lost his virginity at 12, and he had had one very serious girlfriend. I found that sex brought us closer together and made us more comfortable with each other. It also made our feelings for each other deeper and stronger. Sex is NOT our relationship, but merely a part of our relationship.

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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 8

Sex education is a strong factor in any ones life no matter how old or how young you are. It teaches not only preventive methods of pregnancy, but also condom usage (correctly), STD's (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), puberty, abstinence, and birth control. I think sex education should be taught from the age of 8 years and above.

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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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