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Stories Written by HIV-Positive Youth

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HIV-positive youth need a space to talk about the issues that are important to them, such as: disclosing their status to family, friends, and the guy/girl they think is kinda cute; living with the virus—when it's good and when it's tough to cope physically and emotionally; dealing with school issues and being HIV-positive; and talking with their kids, if they have them, about being positive. HIV-positive youth also need a space to share stories about their lives and to talk about anything and everything related to being HIV-positive.

Below are stories reprinted from Advocates for Youth. Reading their stories can help you gain a better understanding of the day-to-day lives of young people infected with HIV.

THE S.A.V.E BOYS GROUP'S STORY—We are the S.A.V.E. Boys Group, a support group of HIV positive young men. We were all perinatally infected, which means that we were born with HIV. We wrote down some of our conversations to give you an idea of what we think about every day, talk about in our group, and what our lives are like … READ >>

Holly's Story—I felt quite low after my last boyfriend's parents made us break up because I had HIV. I had never put him at risk but his parents were frightened. People say some really stupid stuff too and don't even realize it … READ >>

Preston's Story—In June of 2001, I was raped by what was one of my nearest and dearest friends…Wednesday, August 22, I am told that I have tested positive for HIV. Exactly two weeks later, I turned 20. My mom sat there and held my hand … READ >>

Lawrence's Story—So after he shared that with me I said to myself, if it could happen to him…then it could happen to me too. So I took the test. 2-3 weeks of eternal hell. I swear I had never experienced something like that before … READ >>

Jaime's Story—The truth is disclosure isn't always as easy as it may sound. at the same time, telling others about yourself can be good. you can get love and support 2 help you deal w/ your health … READ >>

Ruth's Story—I was not in any high-risk groups. No drugs, unprotected sex one time, small town girl, what are the chances? Better than everyone thinks apparently … READ >>

Travis's Story—I learned to never take things for granted, and I learned there are people in this world who love me more than I had ever dreamed possible … READ >>

Reprinted with permission of Advocates for Youth.

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