Experiences of being a woman living with HIV
Author: CYWAG Member Wales
Being a woman living with HIV was something that I never ever imagined for myself, I look back at the years since I was told that I’d been born with HIV and cringe. Cringe at myself for never speaking out. I believe that one of the most important things on my journey is the value of speaking up.
My community of children living with HIV was a small one, there are currently about 1200 children in the UK living with HIV. Within my community there are so many amazing people that have gone before me and have been such a good helping hand when I am in a time in which I feel like nobody understands. Having participated in a campaign called ‘Educate Yourself’ which aimed to better the attitudes of those who work in education around HIV, this was a key opportunity for me considering the fact that I had just encountered a traumatic experience in school regarding my status. This was one of my first experiences as an activist and I can say that after years of holding back, it was well and truly worth it. The campaign also came off the back of some truly harrowing experiences that young people with HIV have faced. Having such a strong support network has really spurred me on to keep going and given me a greater desire to make a change for the lives of children and other young people in the community. Within my community there are so many amazing people that have gone before me and have been such a good helping hand when I am in a time in which I feel like nobody understands.< Go back