In this blog, Helen shares her experience of being a mother and having a baby after 40 whilst being HIV positive. If you would like to know more, Positively UK is running a Pregnancy Journey Workshop on Saturday 20th January for women living with HIV to learn more about pregnancy, motherhood, and becoming a parent.
Being HIV positive shouldn’t stop women who want to, to be parents. Despite this, many women may have doubts and/or questions about the implications of having HIV and becoming a parent. This is why we are running a one day Pregnancy Journey workshop on Saturday 20 January 2018.
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.
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.