There are millions of people living in the world with HIV and AIDS. For the month of December, we at IzzSo will focus on the stories of persons living with the virus and how they navigate through their daily lives.
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS if not treated.
But remember, HIV doesn’t have to stop you living a long, happy and fulfilling life. With the right treatment and support, it is possible to live as long as the average person.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be living with HIV. Ultimately, everyone’s lives are different – how you cope with your diagnosis and how you move forward will be unique.
Read these stories about some people’s experiences of being diagnosed with and living with HIV.
PLEASE NOTE: These personal stories have been submitted to us anonymously by individuals. Some of the stories have been edited for clarity purposes. Some names have been changed to protect identities.
If you have your own story to tell, you can share it with us here and we’ll do our best to publish it. Your identity remains anonymous.