Testimonials of people living with HIV
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 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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