Being HIV positive still seems like a gift to me in many ways. It has given me my life; it has given me an appreciation of life and how precious it is. I believe that so many people walk through their lives without ever really living it because they believe there are always tomorrows. For me, there may not be a tomorrow or many more tomorrows so I will wonder at today and see how special it is. I stop to smell the roses often, and to watch the sunset and to tell those people around me who support me how special and loved they are. This is the positive side to being positive. I will face the negatives when they come my way and hopefully I will face them with grace."
Karen works at Positive Women, an organization in Australia that gives support and advocacy to women living with HIV.