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Personal Stories

Real stories of people living with HIV

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Bea’s Story

Published on Sep 19, 2013 in Personal Stories - Women

Can I have my children tested?’ I managed to mumble those words. The doctor had just given me my HIV test results; I was positive… I couldn’t agree more with Rhonda Britten in Fearless Leaving: ‘Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents that would otherwise have lain dormant.’ The struggle continues, but I now know there is more to me than the HIV.

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Jane’s Story

Published on Sep 19, 2013 in Personal Stories - Women

I was 24. I was living in NY, was enrolled in film school, and had undertaken the first half of my film degree. I had been living there for five years, spent the first three married to an architect, and when our marriage floundered had found myself young, free and single in the Big Apple.

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Mem’s Story

Published on Sep 19, 2013 in Personal Stories - Women

I still remember the very cold January morning; I was not listening to the pre-counselling, I thought it did not concern me. I just wanted to get the test done and over with… Then came the shock! My life changed in a matter of seconds.

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Macey’s Story

Published on Sep 19, 2013 in Personal Stories - Women

My official diagnosis was in 1989. I then took another test in 1990 in the UK to confirm the legitimacy of it. At first, I felt disbelief that I was infected. I thought, ‘how could I have been so stupid?’… the first positive woman I spoke to gave me a hug and I burst into tears; I couldn’t stop myself!

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Julie’s Story

Published on Sep 19, 2013 in Personal Stories - Women

I was 24, in my final year at college and was planning to go to university when I was diagnosed HIV positive in a small town in Yorkshire. I had been for the test having had a sero-conversion illness some months earlier. I received pre-test counselling for about an hour and the counsellor went through some of the issues and made an appointment for me to come back in two weeks’ time.

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Ange’s Story

Published on Aug 15, 2013 in Personal Stories - Women

Either I could choose to be bitter and twisted and blame whoever infected me, or I could make the most of whatever life I had left. I chose the latter and to this day, I appreciate each day that I am alive. I do what pleases me, within limits of course, and make absolutely no apologies for it!

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Graeme’s Story

Published on Aug 17, 2013 in Personal Stories - Men

Almost ten years on my life is very different. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I don’t recognise the guy on the other side but I still like him… Today anyone being diagnosed is offered different advice. People are encouraged to remain in the workplace and to live as normal a life as possible. A new range of issues now present. Career development is not something to be pushed aside and people will still want to have lasting relationships with positive or negative partners and to have HIV negative children. All of this is possible.

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Kelli’s Story

Published on Sep 18, 2013 in Personal Stories-Young people

I’d be lying if I said I don’t have my off days, sad hours and scary moments. However I have learnt to embrace my status, and make a difference in the lives of young people like myself who may have a few more off days, sad hours and scary moments than I do.