Personal Stories

Real stories of people living with HIV

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Sue’s Story

Published on Nov 7, 2016 in Personal Stories - Featured, Personal Stories - Women

My name is Sue and I have been diagnosed with HIV since March 1997, at the age of 25. When I first went to the clinic to ask for a test I was told that I wasn’t in a ‘high risk’ group. As I wasn’t a drug user, I wasn’t having ‘promiscuous’ sex and I was a white European. I still went ahead and had the test and the rest is history.

Testing Positive: Aicha’s Story

Published on Nov 25, 2015 in Personal Stories - Women, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Aicha’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Jill’s Story

Published on Nov 23, 2015 in Personal Stories - Women, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Jill’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis during pregnancy, and what happens afterwards.

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Testing Positive: Helen’s Story

Published on Nov 21, 2015 in Personal Stories - Women, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Helen’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

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.

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.

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!

Cristian’s Story

Published on Mar 27, 2016 in Personal Stories - Men

I am a bisexual man living with HIV and I say that in this order because when I was diagnosed HIV positive it was a very important moment in my life but being HIV positive is not something that defines me necessarily so is actually a very small part of me.

Mario’s Story

Published on Mar 26, 2016 in Personal Stories - Men

I moved to this country approximately 6 years ago and work as a nurse for the NHS in a very prestigious London hospital. I have lived most of this time in south west London where a big part of the gay community use drugs or ‘chemsex’ as a way of meeting people and having some fun. I went down that path where I would take some drugs and go looking for sex in saunas, at sex parties – I did it all.

Jamie’s Story

Published on Mar 25, 2016 in Personal Stories - Men

Treatment brought few side effects, just some mild tiredness and nausea if I took it without food. It’s all about planning. In just over 3 weeks I was undetectable. I felt free; my fears of transmitting were gone – My fear of dating and disclosing not so much so. I dreaded having to disclose my status to people and what their reactions would be. It wasn’t long however until I found my resilience.

Ismael’s Story

Published on Mar 24, 2016 in Personal Stories - Men

If I say the word: Sex, don’t be scared AT ALL. The gay community knows about HIV very well, and most of them are not afraid to have good sex with people with HIV. What I do, if I see like I’m going to have sex with someone, I feel free to say, I’m HIV positive. I prefer be honest from the start so as not to have surprises later or maybe make the other person uncomfortable.

Roland’s Story

Published on Mar 23, 2016 in Personal Stories - Featured, Personal Stories - Men

Being diagnosed has had a big impact – a positive (no pun!) impact. I do a fair amount of voluntary work in the HIV sector and I became Chair of the Disability Staff network at work. It has given me something useful and constructive to do and it has brought me into contact with so many wonderful, inspirational people, that I would never have come across before.

Testing Positive: Chris’s Story

Published on Nov 27, 2015 in Personal Stories - Men, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Chris’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Marc’s Story

Published on Nov 26, 2015 in Personal Stories - Men, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Marc’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Jim’s Story

Published on Nov 24, 2015 in Personal Stories - Men, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Jim’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Joshua’s Story

Published on Nov 22, 2015 in Personal Stories - Men, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Joshua’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

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.

Kelli’s Story

Published on Sep 18, 2013 in Personal Stories - Featured, 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.

Testing Positive: Chris’s Story

Published on Nov 27, 2015 in Personal Stories - Men, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Chris’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Marc’s Story

Published on Nov 26, 2015 in Personal Stories - Men, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Marc’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Aicha’s Story

Published on Nov 25, 2015 in Personal Stories - Women, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Aicha’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Jim’s Story

Published on Nov 24, 2015 in Personal Stories - Men, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Jim’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Jill’s Story

Published on Nov 23, 2015 in Personal Stories - Women, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Jill’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis during pregnancy, and what happens afterwards.

Testing Positive: Joshua’s Story

Published on Nov 22, 2015 in Personal Stories - Men, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Joshua’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

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Testing Positive: Helen’s Story

Published on Nov 21, 2015 in Personal Stories - Women, Testing Positive

A main barrier to some people taking an HIV test is fear of a positive result and the impact it might have on their lives. In support of National HIV testing week, read Helen’s story of receiving a positive HIV diagnosis and what happens afterwards.

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