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Women living with HIV

Jessica 1

It is August 2nd and just yesterday on the 1st I found out that I was HIV positive. I havent been able to sleep, eat, I am extremely weak and scared beyond words. When the nurse called me into the room and told me my resutls, I almost fainted and started to break down. Medicine is going to be extremely expensive and dont know what I am going to do if I cant afford it.

Single Mom Living with HIV

All it took was one day. In December of 2009, I had a friend fly in to town. It was a friend who I dated exclusively and who I though he dated me exclusively. I told him to bring a condom since we hadn't been together in a while and so he did. In the middle of our encounter, he removed the condom because it was bothering him. That's all it took. I did not want to get tested for HIV because I was afraid of the results and so I didn't. Since my diagnose, I have tried to remain positive and hopeful that someday soon, a cure will come; not just for me, but for all those living with this disease.

Jinnie

My husband contracted HIV from a waitress. I contracted it from him and my infant son contracted it from breastfeeding. We were all well and healthy at that time and non-the-wiser of the virus within. My husband passed away in June of 2007, after living in denial, knowing full well that the woman he had slept with had died from AIDS related illnesses. I told my son about his condition, explaining as simply as I could for his young mind to understand the reason why he should take his medicine regularly.

Anonymous 2

I am a 20 year old female. I found out I had HIV when I was 15. I have had a wonderful life and am going to continue living a beautiful happy life. I have had one baby boy by the grace of god, he is healthy and HIV-. You can still live a long healthy life as long as you stay healthy. Exercise eat healthy, and make good decisions about your body.

K.K.

I'm 21 yrs old and I'm HIV+ I was told this awful news on feb 4, 2011. When I was 5 mths pregnant with my first child. it's not fair that this has happen to me. I was under so much stress that I had my bby 3 mths early and he was born a 2 lb premie THANK GOD! he is negative and now weighs 16lbs:). My family loves me but they are in denial. They don't acknowledge what I have. They just pretend its not true and it hurts because I have to basically go though this alone and raise my infant son.

Katie 2

Hello my name is Katie and I'm 19 years old and I currently live in the U.K. I am of African decent and I found out I was HIV positive when I was eleven years old do to my mother giving birth to me in Africa... It has been a hard seven years or so with treatment and I think as I get older it only becomes harder because I understand it more, and dating as well its also hard but I have gotten use to it now and it just something we all have to live with. I shall carry on with my treatment and everything else should hopefully fall into place for me in the future!

Neha

I am a woman of 28yrs, i discovered my status when my husband was diagnosed in 2008.I was afraid to test but i ended testing and as i thought i was positive... I started my treatment in 2009 when my CD4 count was 250,i was sceptical of it bcos of the stigma around ARV'S but God was with me. I didn't suffer from any side effects until now i have never been sick n my CD4 count is way up high.

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.

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.

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