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Young People

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

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

Karen

i think im hiv positive im 20 years old but i think i got the virus when i was 17 years old i been having sytoms for a long time.im just scared to get tested because i know its goin to be positive. i wouldnt know how to tell my family i wouldnt know how to tell anybody one thing for sure i do need somebody to talk you cant go thru this alone.

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Hopeful

I like some of the other stories I have read was born with HIV. I told that I had HIV a month after my 18th birthday, a few weeks before I left home for university in the US. My parents couldn't believe that I handled the situation so well the feared the worst, that I would be hysterical but I told them that I guess I always knew I just never really truly accepted. I was hoping I would be wrong. It's been almost 9 months since then and 8 since I started living on my own. Learning to take my medication on time, dealing with getting prescriptions, getting health insurance and seeking medical... Read more Read more

Mitch 1

Keeping it short and simple we were told about puberty in grade 6. As my teacher discussed the matter we were all laughing. The main thing that thy skipped was how sex really happened. Sure they went into detail about the scientific way and all that but no one said anything about the fact u can do it at a young age and girls can actually become pregnant.

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Havefaith

Im 19 years old and have been living with HIV for about 2 years. I would like to share my story so i can help others. I was 17 and in high school.

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