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Mary 1

Two weeks ago I found out I am HIV positive. I was so shocked My mind was blank. Couldn't think until the doctor spoke to me. Just felt like this was a punishment or something. Don't know when or how I got the virus. But now I am still the same, nothing has changed.

Superstar

It has been a year since i found out that i was HIV+ but that did not stop me. I am 20 years old soon to be 21 I am a full-Time college student(junior) and i work a full-Time job. When i found out that i had it my Viral load was very high around 650,000 and my cd4 count was low. I started taking medication and now my Viral load is really low that it is UNDETECTABLE. I don't let HIV stop me for having fun. I still go out to parties and live my life like i don't have it. I just make sure if i am having sex that i practice safer sex.

Ayanda

I went for HIV/AIDS testing last year... The results came back positive. I was referred to the nearest clinic where I did my Tuberculosis test. The TB test also came back positive. I was only 21 when i found out i was HIV positive. I haven’t told my parents and the whole family though because they are very strict people and they will judge me. I don't have any friends either. But 1 day i will come out.

LBelle

I am 31 years old. .....we had a great ultra sound the baby was normal and moving and it was the most happy time we had been thru in a long time... However, all that was crushed when they brought me in a little room by myself and broke the news I was HIV pos. I went numb. I stop breathing, and I screamed. It was unreal to me... I thought "its a mistake" somethings not right, they have it wrong.

Joy

My name is Joy am 32 HIV positive and a mother of a handsome 4 year old. later i didn’t breast feed my baby even under pressure and came up with all sorts of reasons why i couldn’t like not having breast milk. it was tough dealing with all this on my own and because of the suspicions one nurse who was a relative to my boyfriend accessed my file and told him. he confronted me but by this time my son was a few months old and HIV negative so i told him. The issue of disclosure is something i would love to share with friends because many times we make rushed decisions at a time when emotions are high and later regret.

Carol 1

Hi my name is Carol i was tested positive for HIV in 1996 when i was pregnant. A lot of people think that when you have HIV you will die well this is not true as am living proof its now 15 years for me. I am strong and healthy and i have 2 beautiful girls they are negative. Live your life normal and eat healthy and you will live to old.

Lerato

I remember the day i was told i am HIV+,It was on world AIDS day when me and ma friend decided to test as we both had boyfriends. My worry was that i was 3 months pregnant with ma first child,so many things ran through ma mind worrying about my unborn child n how am i going to break the news to him. ....i just found out ma CD4 count is 54. I am so worried about ma health as i have lost so much weight over the last 5 months.

Charles

My name is Charles, im an African guy who came to England in 2008... i found out about my status wen i came to this country as i was supposed to go for all blood tests.... I haven’t told my family for fear of the stigma surrounding HIV in the African people. thanx to the UK government for making the HIV meds available i have never been ill....

Mark 1

I was just diagnosed being HIV positive a few days ago, after I decided to go for a blood test at the pharmacy. Wow,I almost fainted,when the nurse gave me my result, I said ''do it again'' It was positive, I was devastated, I cried..........I was so emotional. I thought, why God? Why did you do this to me? I felt robbed of my life, I thought of death. I am still trying to cope with the fact, that I have the virus, just been diagnosed a few days ago.

Anon 1

When I was first diagnosed two years ago, I wondered if I would ever stop thinking about the fact that I was HIV positive. By the time I was diagnosed, my CD4 count was 260 and I was going to bed at 7pm every night, almost as soon as I got home. I started taking medication, and am feeling better and better.

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