manwaringWhen I came out at 19, HIV seemed like a crisis like since past. I never seriously thought it would affect me. When I was diagnosed HIV-positive three years later, I realised that HIV could still affect me. I’ve been fortunate enough not to have it affect my physical health; my mental health is a different story. Living with HIV has led me undertake a difficult process of understanding who I am and what I value. I have had to overcome problems with self-worth, problems exacerbated by the stigma of having HIV. Every day, I must make the choice between living in defeat and despair, or living with strength and integrity. By choosing the latter, I have challenged myself, in ways both significant and insignificant. I hope my past and present experiences can make a difference.