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My Life with HIV

My name is Helen. I’m 24 yrs old, and a single mother of one. I was diagnosed with HIV when I was in class seven, 2007. Today I am a living testimony that I am greater than the virus.

The challenge of disclosing your HIV status

Although it hasn’t been easy, through the Almighty God I made it. The only challenge I face is the confidence to tell someone (a crush) that you’re positive and their take. I had to be sneaking myself to the toilet to take my drugs so that my baby daddy wouldn’t know I was positive. He left anyway.

Learning to love myself

I learned the importance of self-love, and when I gave birth in 2015, I found myself a partner. My daughter is now 5 yrs old and negative. Another challenge is my weight. This really keeps me cold, but otherwise, I don’t owe anyone a big body. Someday, I know I’ll gain weight.

Tips for living well with HIV

I hope my story changes the life of an individual with the same status as mine that being HIV positive doesn’t mean your dead. Wake up, this is the beginning of a new chapter. Face it with confidence. Adhere to your drugs, eat well🍛🍉🍞☕, do regular exercise and live a stress-free life.

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  • caseyh moderator
    1 week ago

    What a great share, Helen! Thank you so much for opening up about your journey. It must have been challenging navigating HIV from such a young age! What was that like?

    You’ve shared some powerful messages and experiences. We’re so glad to have you in our community, and I know your daughter is glad to have such a strong mom.

    Wishing you nothing but the best! -Casey, Team

  • LenahK author
    1 week ago


  • LenahK author
    5 days ago

    Hello Jake, hope your doing well.About your question dear, when I say eat well I don’t mean that I have meals that are favorite..I only maintain a healthy balanced diet with the little money I have.I don’t go for favorites, I eat what God provides.

  • Jake moderator
    5 days ago

    Hi @LenahK. I am well today and I hope the same for you. What a wonderful approach and perspective you have – thank you for sharing! I’m glad to hear that, overall, you’re able to maintain a healthy balanced diet, and I’d imagine your daughter benefits from your wisdom. – Jake ( Team Member)

  • Jake moderator
    6 days ago

    HI @lenahk – I’m so glad you took the time to share your story here. It is such an encouragement for others and I’m sure it will be well received and have a positive impact on others’ lives.

    Since you mentioned eating well, what are some of your favorite healthy foods?

    – Jake ( Team Member)

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