Testimonials of people living with HIV: Described video
There’s so many opportunities that I never thought I could, never thought I would have or never thought I was worth having, and, yeah, I’m really excited.
Knowing that you can’t transmit the virus once you’re undetectable, like that’s a big deal. It’s a huge deal. It’s a huge breakthrough in HIV science.
Text on screen: U = U (undetectable = untransmittable)
Not everybody living with HIV is aware of what U = U is. It’s something that would change my life as a person living with HIV.
Finding out about U = U was transformative.
Destigmatizing myself and learning the actual medical facts about it, really changed everything.
Text on screen: Treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV.
It doesn’t mean that you’re cured. You have to continue taking your medication, but you can no longer transmit the illness to someone else.
I have a chronic manageable illness just like someone with diabetes. Take your medication every day and you’re good.
I didn’t let HIV stop me from getting the dreams that I wanted to.
Text on screen: People with HIV on treatment can live long and healthy lives.
When I look back at the outlook I had in 1985, when they told me I had 2 years to live, and when I look at where I am today, I find that my life is absolutely exceptional.
I just hope people take the opportunity to just learn more about it. For someone who’s newly diagnosed, I would say educate yourself and reach out to the HIV-AIDS community because, for me, that’s one of my biggest, biggest regrets, is not doing that sooner.
I feel it’s absolutely possible to be living my best life right now.
When you hear people living with HIV talking about U = U, it’s tears of joy.
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