Hi, nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you too. Come on in.
So I believe you were diagnosed rather recently.
I was, yeah, quite recently.
I’ve come here today really to hear what your experiences were like when you were diagnosed.
And you know, what can I expect from my future living with HIV now?
We were probably about the same age when I was diagnosed.Then so it’s more than 30 years.
I’m 54 now.
So I think one of the things that quite different from now is that when I was diagnosed, you won’t expect to live more than a few years.
And that’s something that you know, many of my friends and people that I loved, they didn’t survive.
It’s like every week or at least every month, there was a funeral to go to.
And there were friends or friends’ friends just disappeared.
That was, that was really hard.
So you were recently diagnosed, were you getting test regularly?
The test when I found out that I was positive, she came for full medical test.
You know, the age that I was, I didn’t think about HIV.
And I didn’t think it will ever happen to me.
Because you think it something that in the past, and it wasn’t until I really learned about HIV.
And you know, I did a lot of reading and really kind of tried to put myself in a more positive pace.
It wasn’t until then I kind of realized that, you know, I am still...I’m still a human being.
I’m still worth of much as everyone else, like we are normal people.
There was a long time that I didn’t ever think that there was a future.
And then now I found myself in the future without having really thought: okay, what is my future now in ten years, twenty years?
Do you think about the future?Do you think about what is like, what you will be like when you are 50?
Do you have those thoughts and dreams?
To be honest, I don’t know.
And I think I’m very lucky now to be living in a day though.
You know, it isn’t going to affect my life hugely.
Being positive.So I am praying to be optimistic as you are.
And I can just live a fully healthy life just like any other person.