I got tested too and it also came up positive. I isolated myself for almost five years. I stayed inside. I felt lost and I went through a bad depression. Living in the South, my doctors were almost three hours away. One day, I realized I was still alive and didn’t have any problems. Both of my children were born negative. They gave me strength and determination to move forward. I went back to school and for 19 years, I worked in nursing as a case manager for others living with HIV.
Currently, I write and am very involved in my surrounding area to educate the public and others about HIV. To speak for those who can’t. To help the community to understand that the face that America labels HIV with, is not true. This is not a gay man’s disease. It can infect anyone. HIV does not discriminate. I did not let HIV get the best of me. I moved forward. It did take time, but 20 years later I am strong."
One thing that I learnt from Christina's story: being strong is a choice. The question is: do you dare to make yourself strong enough?