Posts following my journey with HIV, from diagnosis to present day.
- The Start – Part 1It was quite scary hearing the doctor talk about numbers in the millions. I’d started treatment and knew I was being looked after in that sense. But I felt like I was at the bottom of a very large mountain, and knew that mentally and physically I had a long way to go.
- The Start – Part 2As I walked through the corridors of the hospital, I felt that everyone was looking at me as if they knew what I had and what clinic I was going to…
- Telling Friends & FamilyUntil very recently, when it came to telling people I was HIV positive, it felt like I was re-living my ‘coming out’ years all over again.
- Damaged GoodsAfter getting over the initial shock from the diagnosis, I became very aware that I was still a single man approaching 30. The only way I could describe the feeling was damaged.
- The First Night OutAll of a sudden, I was on the dance floor, looking around and thinking I must be the only one in that room who is going through this.
- Don’t let HIV own you!Since speaking openly about my HIV status, I have taken ownership of it. People can think what they like, but I haven’t let it defeat me. And hopefully, by speaking out, it will help chip away at the stigma that is still all too prevalent.
- One Year OnIt’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.
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