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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