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Anon 3

Well,i am 26 have been recently found that i am HIV+. I met someone else beginning of this year and we always had protected sex and this one time the condom slipped off whilst we were having sex and it remained inside my vagina and my goodness that was scary.And i knew right there that I was at risk and i asked him when last did he do an aids test.

Anon 5

i was diagnosed with h.i.v when i was 19 n it was hard for me dealing with it at first.... I failed to stand up for myself when i said lets use protection and he said 'no' i let him. bt i know better now and i wish i could tell other young women to know better.... i know i cannot change it but i can live with wit and do everything i can to stay healthy and not die young because with sites like these i learnt that i have a lifetime to live.

Busi

I've been getting sick a lot last year and eventually in September 2010 I decided to go for an HIV test and it came out positive. I cried a lot, I asked God what I did to deserve this, I thought about my children and the fact that I was going to die and leave them but after talking to a councilor and getting used to the fact that I was HIV+ I excepted it and started looking at life in a very different perspective. Being HIV+ doesn't mean you are going to die, this is the same disease as any.

Loney

I tested HIV positive in November 1999 at the age of 24 just 6 months after I became sexually active with my first boyfriend. I have learnt to live one day at a time but am very lonely as each new boyfriend I meet immediately cuts ties with me the minute I tell him I am hiv positive.... My life is now centered on my education and my work but i still dream of a husband and children but stigmatisation of people with hiv is still very real.

Anon 6

i am a 39yr old female i found out i had hiv 1995. i got if from my kids father after i had my kids. i stated taken madications then. but my medicaid stopped in 1997. i could pay for my meds so i went with them for years. until i ended up in the hospital i was on the broard line for having aids.

CD4

in september 2008 my partner had a headache for three days. he's never been to the doctor before, raised on an island and never had any type of health care. i knew it was serious when i offered to take him to the ER and he agreed. Three days later, he was diagnosed with AIDS and a raging case of cryptococcal meningitis. CD4 count was 3. I went for a rapid test in the clinic attached to the hospital and never expected the answer to be that i was positive. i fell to the floor, cried like i was in a soap opera, and asked "who's going to raise my children?"

Zanele 1

I found out that i was HIV positive in 2003 i was 23 when i was pregnant with my second baby. My husband was the one cheating the whole time i had no choice bt to leave him in 2005. Because he couldnt behave himself or handle his status he died 10th December 2005, may his soul rest in peace- bt i feel sorry for all those women he infected. Since then i lived a positive life although there are challenges life goes on.

Zambian

I am a lady by the age of 31 will be 32 in april. i came to find out about my hiv status last year in september and my cd4 was very low 24, which meant i had to start arvs. i started taking drugs after a month and right now as am writing this letter am on drugs. The only problem am facing is telling my boyfriend who wants to marry me this very year. am so scared that he will leave me when he finds out that am positive coz every time i bring up the issue of hiv just to get his views he says he would die out of depression.

Your friend

I am your friend. I found out that i am hiv positive last year june,25th 2009.Life has not been easy on me since.I told my husband and he did'nt believe me,so we decided to go for the test together,and the results came out he was negetive and i was hiv+. i have been with him for 18years now. My problem is that he want a baby with me and i am not sure weather it is the right thing to do, as i am scared something might go wrong.

Love life

Hi all, I also found out when i went for my first pregnancy chekup, luckly by partner was there with me, i couldnt believe my ears and just wante to wakeup and realise is just a dream, but it wasnt a dream, being positive is not a life sentence, as long as you live a positive life and take care of youself you will live longer, am taking my meds and hoping and praying that my baby will come negetive

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