Revealing My Status

Revealing My Status

I was afraid of telling my closest friend about my status, worried that she would stop being my friend and that she would tell others that I was HIV positive. I was living with my grandmother, and she told everyone who visited our family even though I wasn’t ready to reveal my status to them. She scolded me in front of them, saying, “Do not use the same mug we use, remember that you even have TB.”

I was even afraid of coming for a checkup at Baylor, wishing I could go somewhere else where no one I knew could see me. When I went to school, I hid my medication so that they wouldn’t make noise in my school bag, and never put my bag down. I wouldn’t let anyone touch my bag when I came straight to school from a checkup.

It wasn’t easy for me, but today I reveal my status to the people I trust. Back then, I even thought my mother hated me, until she told me that she will be with me wherever I am.

-Story from a Wise Youth member