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Wife, mother, daughter, friend

Hi! My name is Bec, I'm 28 years old and I reside in Sydney, Australia. I am also HIV+, a mother, a wife, a daughter and most of all, a friend.

 

In mid 2003, I was sexually assaulted and thus became infected with the dreaded HIV virus. At this time I was the grand age of 24 and where it should have been the start of my life, it felt like it was the end.

 

I suffered a lot from discrimination and people's lack of knowledge until I met my future husband. He was the one that opened my eyes and showed me that I can be loved, warts and all. We became married in August 2004 and I also became pregnant.

Our beautiful daughter, Ashley Rose, was born on 17 April 2005 and we went through a lot to have her come into this world HIV negative. I was on HAART (HIV meds) and was taking 8 tablets a day, I had a caesarian delivery and Ashley was on medicine for 6 weeks after she was born. I was also not allowed to breastfeed my daughter - something other mothers take for granted.

 

It goes to show that there is life after HIV and I'm a perfect example.

 

Sent via Email April 7, 2008 from Sydney, Australia.

 
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