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Telling our story is one of the most powerful tools we have to challenge stigma, stereotypes, and myths around HIV.

I decided to share my story because I believe it can help our communities to see that somebody with HIV is just like you and me, and  encourage them to treat people living with HIV with love and respect.

I also think that it can be hugely useful for somebody newly diagnosed to see that there are other people with HIV out there ( when I was diagnosed I thought I was the only one!),  and that we  can live long and healthy lives with HIV.

Shedding the burden of secrecy is also hugely liberating, and restores the sense of power and self-esteem that is often lost at diagnosis.

This video is part of a larger project funded by GILEAD:  HIV, My Story and has been distributed to UK clinics to support newly diagnosed people. It has also been used by the National AIDS Trust to produce a resource to support  journalists so that they have the information and understanding to report about HIV in a way that is accurate and not stigmatizing.

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5 thoughts on “My Story

  1. Abrazos Grande amiga for sharing, for not giving up on life & for fighting to the point of exhaustion to be heard, counted & included as Somebody worthy!!! 🙂

  2. I am 53 and an instructor in a small teachers college where I have been working for the last six years. For the last 6 years I have been on ART.I began ART with a CD 4 count of 24. Still I am below 200. If at all the test in here is reliable I am checking it every 3 months. I am Strong and well aware about the epidemic. I am also a member of anti aids club as it is known here. However, due to some cultural and life related factors I didn’t reveal about my HIV status except to few persons including my partner. What do you think should I do to tear of the silence. Need some advice.

  3. hi silvia,
    i’m hiv negative but determined to do what i can to break down the discrimination and stigmatisation directed at people simply because they have an illness. i currently volunteer with a number of charities which support people living with HIV. I have heard so many stories of people being treated badly by healthcare professionals that I am considering writing a book to expose this. i don’t see how we can ever make the average person accept that there is nothing to fear while doctors are asking HIV positive patients to sit on paper in their surgeries and dentists are refusing treatment. I wish i was making up these examples. would you consider helping me compile further examples?
    if so-or if you feel strongly that I should not do this, please get in touch; julielachtay@ymail.com.
    keep up the good work! xx

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