It’s been just over a year since I was diagnosed HIV+ and getting on for a year that I have been undetectable. What a rollercoaster it has been.
My biggest worry was I would be labeled and discriminated for it… a throwback to the epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s. But, after being open and honest about my HIV status, I have found that the majority of people have been supportive and genuinely caring. That said, some did think I was dying which goes to show that more needs to be done to show how far the treatment has come.
The reality is, aside from taking the tablets regularly, and the occasional check-up at the hospital, there really isn’t much more to it then that.
I was with some friends recently, who are both diabetics, and we were talking about how many tablets they have to take in a day, as well as regular tests and insulin injections. It made me realise that whilst HIV is a serious condition if not managed correctly, it’s not that bad in comparison. I know we all have our own cross to bear, but if you are reading this, needing some reassurance, then I hope that helps with some perspective.
It would be a lie to say that being diagnosed didn’t knock my confidence. It really did. So I will say, if anyone treats you differently for being HIV+ they don’t deserve to be part of your life, so try and brush their comments off. Those that truly care about you won’t treat you any differently than they did before.