Adjusting to the news
For some of you, the hardest time
is right when you find out youre
When I found out I was poz I
thought my life was over! But now
I have learned that being poz doesnt
mean I am going to die tomorrow.
Even though finding out youre
HIV positive can be scary, having
HIV is not a death sentence. Treatments
and medications to prevent infections
and illnesses have made it possible
to live with HIV longer than ever.
[Check out the Treatment
section for more information.]
Some of you were born with HIV and
have grown up taking HIV medication
AND being involved in fun activities.
When I was a little girl and
was told of my illness, my mom got
so worked up about telling me, but
after she did, I was OK about it and
just said, OK, so can we order
some pizza now? "
Either way, many of you dont
talk about being HIV positive with
many people. And even if you do, its
somestimes hard to describe what it
feels like to have HIV. Lots of youth
have described this experience by
saying that it feels like youre
carrying this big secret and that
people dont understand what
youre going through.