Lots of people worry about sharing their HIV-positive status in case other people will judge them or won’t accept them. However, talking about HIV often helps other people to understand what it means, and can help you process your own thoughts and emotions. I had to deal with the lifetime medication that was giving me mood swings, lightheadedness, body rashes, and insomnia.
It’s depressing but on the bright side, the antiretrovirals suppressed the virus inside me from multiplying. I know I have a lot more to go through with HIV. But just remember that trust the people you tell that they aren’t going to judge you, but help you and be there for you.
Life is precious. Keep your head up and realize everything always works out like they are supposed to, and hurt is only but temporary. HIV is a disease just as cancer is a disease. Let’s work together to stop the stigma and discrimination so those who are living with HIV behind closed doors like me will be able to move on.