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Craig's story

I was diagnosed with HIV in June this year and at first I thought my life was over, I didn't know anything about this condition and never thought I would have to.

Newly diagnosed in Scotland...

I was diagnosed with HIV in June this year and at first I thought my life was over, I didn't know anything about this condition and never thought I would have to.

I took unwell in Febuary of this year and several months later I was told I was HIV positive. I felt I had just been given a life sentence, and now I know I haven't. My life will change a little, but I can still lead a healthy, normal life.

I have so many people behind me and the one person I can not thank enough is my partner.

My partner was tested when I was diagnosed, and he turned out negative. He has been there for me from day one and I could not ask for more.

When I was first told the first thing he said to me was that nothing changes - we are still together and always will be, through thick and thin. I cannot ask for anyone better - he has been amazing and strong for me.

Right now am having loads of tests and getting clued up on my condition, but one thing I know is that nothing changes, I have HIV but it's not going to kill me, and it sure as hell ain't going to rule my life. My advice to others going through the same thing is to be strong and positive, 'cause together, with all the help we have out there, we can all fight this.

There are so many pessimistic people out there and there is one thing you will find when you tell people: you will truly know who cares about you enough. If they are true friends they will be there for you no matter what.

I lost my job when I told my employer but it hasn't put me down, or set me back. From now on I want to get myself clued up and educated as much as I can, and hopefully one day be there for people who are living with this condition, and support them and their families.

One thing to remember is that HIV is a medical condition, not a disease. Be strong and positive and you'll be fine. Speak to someone you can trust, and be careful. My CD4 count is 459 and my viral load is 22,606, and I feel great.

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  • Thanks Craig you are strong , myself my partner left me when I told him I was hiv positive so I am just a bit afraid of how to go about it to get into a relationship.

    Posted 00:27 Sat 21 Feb 2015