I'm HIV positive. It's not something that I'm proud or ashamed of, but simply something that just is. I came out of the HIV closet a year ago and the outpouring of love and support taught me that I mattered and could make a difference. Since then i have been on a journey to try and do as much as i can to Educate and help those around me. Ive worked in advocacy, councling and fundraising and this is the next step for me.
I was diagnosed back in November four years ago when I was 21, and I didn't get it from sleeping around or being a slut, but from an ex with whom I thought I was in a monogamous relationship with that knew his status but didn't disclose it to me. When I came out to my parents they told me that I would probably get HIV and possibly die and more so that I probably deserved it for being gay and yet here i am living my fabulous life with so many loving people.
I found out about AIDSlifecycle not long after I was diagnosed and for someone who was recently diagnosed it was amazing to see so many kind and caring people who raised millions of dollars to show that people like me matter.
Get out there, know your status, get on prep and simply educate yourselves on HIV today. Keep living, keep thriving, and help end the Stigma and the disease that is HIV. Please help me raise as much as i can to help end this once and for all around the world.