I am 20 years old. I was Born HIV +, but I wasn’t diagnosed with HIV until the age of 7. I got it from my mother who passed away from AIDS back in 2003. I wasn’t told I was HIV + until I was in the 6th grade. It was kind of scary, but at the same time, confusing. At that time I had no idea what HIV was, or how it would affect my life, but it did explain why I took so many pills and got sick a lot.
I started to remember how I watched my mother get sicker and sicker, each week. So I knew it had to be serious. I know so many people that are HIV who were born with it. I don’t think it’s fair for an innocent baby to come into this world fighting for its life, because their parents didn’t take the time out to get tested, or know their status. Although I was born HIV + I still want to help motivate people to get tested and know their status.
I meet people all the time who has contracted HIV who all said “I didn’t think it could happen to me”. I want to share my story, and help save a life anyway that I possibly