I am not HIV positive, and I will not let it dictate my life

I would never forget the day my world was literally turned upside down, sideways and back and forth. It was when I found myself to be HIV-. I can vividly remember being thrown into an emotional and physical tornado. I remember thinking my world has come to an end.

Dealing with the physical part of the HIV test is hard enough, but dealing with the emotional barrier is even harder. Imagine the impending fear and anxiety that pours in your feeling, you are totally helpless and just trying to hang on to your dear life; hoping to wake up from the bad dream.

It seems like the end of the world for many that have to deal with HIV and it is perfectly understandable given all the trails and tribulations that comes with it. The good news is that there are thousands of us out there that have learned to deal with it. Sooner or later.

Although HIV is considered incurable, there’s a lot of ways that you can try to sustain the symptoms.

With the treatment that is available today, most people that is infected with HIV can still live health and fulfilling lives. Sometimes though, it’s the psychological aspect that most effects a person that is infected with HIV. However, you are in control of your health care, and there are things that you can do to take control of your treatment; HIV might not be the only health concern that you might have.

Above all, a positive attitude towards living important especially once you’re past the “why me” stage. Knowing that you are not going to let this beat you and you’re still going to try to live your life to the fullest one can imagine.

Put yourself and your needs first. It’s not selfish or self-centered. You must take care of yourself first. You are the authority regarding your own body. Rest when you’re tired. Be protective about how you spend your time and energy. Do the things that are important to you and your family. Give yourself permission to say “No,” and don’t feel guilty. When you’re feeling better, you can say, “Yes.”


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