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Masiye – the hardest part was telling my kids

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I was hurt when I found out I was HIV positive. I cried for three weeks or more. I still cry but I don’t allow my status to stop me working towards my goals in life. I still work two jobs and I just do things to keep my mind off of my status. I’m still trying to accept it all but I know it will happen in time.

I became undetectable after one month of taking my meds so that gave me a lot to look forward to.

The hardest part was telling my kids but I reassured them that I’m going to be okay because I take care of myself. The goal is to stay positive.

Although Masiye still gets upset about her positive status she doesn’t let it get in the way of day to day life and working towards her goals. She was motivated by quickly achieving an undetectable status and looks after herself – a winning combination for staying positive!

*These personal stories have been submitted to us anonymously by individuals who use our site. Some of the stories have been edited for clarity purposes. Some names have been changed to protect identities.        

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Last updated: 26 September 2019