What HIV-positive youth say about
feeling different from other youth
I guess people dont want
to be around you because they think
you are queer, or you do injections,
or theyll catch it or something.
My mom died a couple years ago
from HIV and I feel like Im
different because not only do I not
have my mom anymore, but she was the
only one I talked to. I feel alone
All my friends are talking about
saving for school, cars and houses.
I feel like I am in a totally different
place. I can hardly think beyond tomorrow!
Sometimes I feel like no one
knows me because I have something
that, you know, other people dont
think about. So I feel different from
my friends. Im really conscious
about what I say, you know.
It doesnt matter what
other people tell me, I know that
people would look at me differently
if I told them (I was HIV positive).
So, I try and be who I used to beor
how people thought I was. You know,
my culture has certain things that
it expects and I cant really
get away from that. Its hard
to try to fit into something that
you are not.
You are not alone! Feeling alone,
angry, afraid, depressed and having
difficulty talking to people about
your feelings are things that a lot
of us have to deal with. If you want
to talk to other HIV-positive youth
in Canada, check out the Message
Board. [Check out Positive
Heroes to read about some young
people who are HIV who have inspiring
stories about their life].