Tina Middleton caught HIV when she was just 20 years old from a partner with haemophilia.
"I had been in a relationship with someone with haemophilia and didn’t know he had HIV until I got pregnant. I had a test straight away and, at first, it seemed all right as it came back negative. However, in March 1992 when I was eight months pregnant, I had another test, which was positive. It was the worst possible news," She said.
Tina decided to go to the HIV clinic and so grateful that the staff were fantastic and really supportive. But at that time, HIV was considered to be a disease of gay men and she was the only woman there. So somehow she felt very isolated and low.
"I often go out and give talks about HIV as part of my work and people are frequently surprised when I say I have been living with it for 15 years. But it’s true that you can’t put a face on HIV. In a strange way, if it wasn't for my HIV, I wouldn’t be who and where I am today."