HIV/AIDS surely changes people's lives, but how they deal with it is different for everybody. Read here how Jo, a British woman, dealt with it:
"HIV infection conjures up an image in people’s minds. Most infections happen through unprotected sex and for a lot of people that means there’s something nasty about it. I hate the word “disclosure”. I don’t feel I have to “disclose” anything if I don’t want to. I didn’t tell my daughter until I’d come to terms with it myself. She was 18 at the time and I was in shock. It takes a couple of years. To start with, you don’t know much about HIV, how much better the medication is these days. Then you start to realise it’s going to be OK. I “came out” by going on the BBC News, for Body & Soul, an HIV charity I’m involved with. Afterwards the phone wouldn’t stop ringing. My friends were supportive, but very emotional. A lot of them used the “death voice”, telling me how brave I was. “No, really, I’m fine,” I’d say. There were a few silences though. I’m just wrong for HIV: female, 60s, middle class. Some people can’t deal with it. I don’t yet need any medication and I feel like a fraud sometimes. I’ve become a kind of pin-up for ageing with HIV. I don’t talk about how I was infected, though. It starts to become a bit of a soap opera and I’m more interested in being open about life with HIV, than in how I got it. That’s the only way we’re going to change perceptions."
Enter our territory and follow the days of the lives of the protagonists of our project. On this page they will tell you everything about their work with Bali Against Aids. This blog will be their online diary: an opportunity for them to share their experiences and to give you a sneak peak into their life.
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