Infected by Sugar Mummy at 17 – The Inspirational Journey of a HIV Positive Young Man (Part 4)

Getting my life back

It was not an easy road for me. I traveled the stigma and depression road alone and there was no one to hold my hand… But with time I realized I was not going to die any time soon.

So I decided to get my life back on track. I picked the broken pieces of my life and started living again. I gave myself another chance by getting myself back on medication and this time I ensured 100% adherance.

Going public about my status

I decided to come out about my status so that I can reach out to people living with HIV who are still going through stigma.

I want to talk to that person who feels that life is not worth living and that they are useless because they turned positive for HIV. I also want to reach out to the so many adolescents and young adults who were born with HIV. I want to tell them that there is hope. That a positive HIV test results is not a death certificate.

Many people think that am in this awareness campaign because of money but that’s not the case. I am not paid to create awareness have never been paid.

This is my full time job. How I push through and manage myself is by Gods Grace.

Together we can end stigma

When reality checked in and gave me a real hard slap on my face. Image/Courtesy

Together we can create HIV awareness by sharing the right information. But it has to start with you. Yes, you!

HIV ain’t that deadly disease people thought it was. It is very manageable.

Stigma still remains the monster in the room. We have a very long way to go before we realize zero stigma.

My two cent advice

Living with HIV is not easy and its not hard. It almost depends with an individual. With the current developments in the HIV world we are blessed to have a U =U situation. Undetectable equals untransmittable.

It’s actually very possible to live a normal sex life even with the HIV virus. All you have to do is adhere to medication and ensure undetectable viral load. This is done by eating a balanced diet, taking medication on time n avoiding stress by all means.

Adherance is the key to a healthy life with HIV

We are in an era when even kids are born HIV free. With an undetectable viral load you give birth to a child without HIV. And with prophylaxis the kids get breastfed for an year. As a country we have achieved a lot in the HIV sector.

Reading this you can’t stop feeling the pain in his heart. Rejection by his would be support system only made it worse as he walked the road of destruction.

It’s shocking. It’s hurting.

Adapted from Ndungu Nyoro

 

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