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The stories you are about to read are written by women living with HIV. Their stories of life, love and hope with HIV have a powerful message: You are not alone.

And this is especially true for women newly diagnosed, and also for their families and friends to understand what a HIV diagnosis means in this new era of Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U).

But their stories are also for everyone too and challenge the myths and stereotypes that feed HIV stigma.


Love and Three Small Letters

Posted on 3rd of February 2021

Rosanna has been living with HIV for 25 years. In this story, she shares how a rare illness called PML, contracted by her husband who was living with HIV but not taking antiviral treatment, changed her life. Rosanna was motivated to share this story to remind women living with HIV of the importance of HIV…

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Big Changes

Posted on 6th of January 2021

A story on motherhood, written by PWV member, Brittney*. It’s the late 1990s. I’m ten years old, in the car with Mum. But this isn’t an ordinary trip. She’s driving fast – faster than usual. She’s uttering four-letter words under her breath at each red light and I listen, fascinated by this sudden novelty, the…

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A Trip Through Time

Posted on 8th of December 2020

PWV member, Jane Palomountain, shares her story. I’ll focus on five topics in telling my story: U=U; dating and relationships; responses to me as a person living with HIV; motherhood; and ageing. Some have more significance for me than others. 1. U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) This is a new concept for me and for everyone….

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Ageing in 2020 – An Unexpected Year

Posted on 12th of November 2020

HIV activist Susan Paxton, PhD, reflects on the year. Back in 1999, I was looking death in the face. I didn’t think I would see my son finish primary school, let alone be around for over 20 more years. I had gone through the ‘normal’ trajectory of a person who had lived with HIV for…

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Raised by My Aunties

Posted on 12th of November 2018

Written by a PWV volunteer, Tracy.  My name is Tracy. I am a Ugandan by origin and my mother is an HIV doctor in Uganda. I suppose my story is mainly about my family. I was raised by my aunties and this was because my parents were separated and re married, 3/6 of my aunties…

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