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HIV Is My Roommate | Office on Women's Health Blog

HIV Is My Roommate | Office on Women's Health Blog

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HIV Is My Roommate

Marvelyn BrownPeople LOVE to say, "Oh she is living with HIV." Correction: HIV is living with me. If I were living with HIV, I would live my life by HIV's terms — and I simply cannot do that. I am a Taurus, a bull, so I am stubborn. I am no different when it comes to my diagnosis. What do I mean when I say that HIV is living with me? HIV is like my roommate. We share an apartment, but I have the master suite. Basically, I have chosen to take control of my virus and live every day to the fullest.
I found out that I was HIV-positive in 2003. I was 19, and I was this all-American teen living this marvelous life when a sudden illness landed me in the hospital. Suddenly, the life that I'd envisioned for myself — one that included romance, health, and family — was plagued with uncertainty, loneliness, and stigma. For a long time, I pushed my dreams aside, believing that I couldn't live a full life with HIV. But eventually I stopped buying the dreams the bigots were selling. I worked through my shame, and the strength I gained allowed me to create new dreams.
I think there's power in sharing my story. I travel to high schools and colleges all over to talk with young people about HIV prevention. I want to empower young women who naively believe that Prince Charming will protect them and keep his word. Life isn't a fairy tale. And no guy is worth putting yourself at risk. I want to empower women to not put themselves at risk. I've seen too many women with HIV raise children alone, struggle to pay bills, and face life's challenges without the skills needed to compete. I share my story because I refuse to let my diagnosis be in vain! I refuse to live with HIV.
My struggle has taught me that I am the architect of my destiny. HIV shattered my dreams, but it also helped me rebuild them. Since my diagnosis, I have learned the importance of self-love and self-acceptance.
I proudly stand before you in an open, humble, and confident way. Well, sometimes humble. I use a combination of medicines to manage my HIV. Thanks to these, I have a T-cell count of about 1,300, which is higher than some HIV-negative people, and the virus is undetectable in my body. I think it is safe to say that HIV is living with me!
Join Marvelyn and be part of the community that is working to prevent HIV and AIDS. Learn how you can support National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
The statements and opinions in this blog post are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health.

1 comentario:

  1. Happiness is all i see now I never thought that I will live on earth before the year runs out. I have been suffering from a deadly disease (HIV) for the past 3 years now; I had spent a lot of money going from one places to another, hospitals have been my home every day residence. Constant checks up have been my hobby not until this faithful day, I was searching through the internet, I saw a testimony on how Dr.Oba helped someone in curing his HIV disease, quickly I copied his email which is dr.obaherbalhome@hotmail.com just to give him a test I spoke to him.He asked me to take his herbal medicine for 7-days and i will be cured, which I did, then he asked me to go for medical checkup after some days of using the herbal medicine, I was free from the deadly disease, he only asked me to post the testimony through the whole world, faithfully am doing it now, please brothers and sisters, he is great, I owe him in return. if you are having a similar problem just email him on dr.obaherbalhome@hotmail.com or dr.obaherbalhome@gmail.com or call him +2348151943640