I work with people who have HIV as a part of my job. If you have HIV please remember:
HIV can be controlled by medications for a super long time (think 30 years+). It is more like getting a diabetes diagnosis than a death sentence.
No matter how your infection happened you deserve to live and have a happy life.
By federal law in the United States there is tons of resources to help you get medication for FREE.
You can find partners who will accept you and love you.
You can have children who are born HIV-. If a child is born in a first world county with medical care the likelyhood of transmission is rediculously low.
On medication your likelyhood of infecting others decreases significantly depending on your viral load.
PEP and PrEP are exciting things to look into to be able to have unprotected sex and prevent transmission.
HIV does not have to be central to your identity.
People who take their medication like prescribed can actually have as few as 2 doctor appointments a year for their condition !
Don’t let stigma, fear and lack of education get you down! You are a wonderful person and can achieve wonderful things. Don’t give up.
And if you don’t know your status please get tested. Please!