Why is HIV/AIDS considered one of the most dreaded infections that exist?
Not only other people fear us, but we begin fearing ourselves-- What if we spread this disease to somebody else? We would probably never forgive ourselves. Is the virus so powerful that we cannot defeat it?
I don't think so. We can defeat it.
What are the things I cannot do - I can't have unprotected sex, I can't share my blood, I can't live in certain countries, I can't breastfeed... there may be a list- big deal, but bigger than any of these is the fact that I CAN have a baby that is HIV negative.
My 4 month old daughter's test results came yesterday. She is HIV negative.
I clearly remember the pain I felt on the day I discovered I was positive. But the joy I feel today is a hundred times stronger than that pain.
While even a small drop of my blood is enough to infect several other human beings, one little life that survived on this very blood managed to emerge without being infected. I have defeated HIV.
A salute to all the HIV (super) positive mums, and a thumbs up to all the ladies who dream of becoming mothers. Please do not give up on your dream. It is the most beautiful feeling ever. You, too, can defeat HIV.