Diagnosed On Valentines Day

I am a 33 year old male diagnosed with HIV on Valentines Day...so on a day that's all about love, I find out I have a disease that will isolate me and make me feel alone possibly for the rest of my life. I have so many good things going on in my life, but I must admit I have not completely come to grips with these disease or talked to others about it that know what I'm going through. I am not ready to go public...so it can be a very lonely place. Where do I go from here??
SoNotReady85 SoNotReady85
31-35, M
2 Responses Jan 15, 2013

The only isolation and loneliness that are a product of this disease will be your choice. I found it interesting your choice of words being so definitive. Many HIV+ have marriages, families and huge support systems. Society is dreadful and so is the stigma surrounding this disease. Be fearless, unashamed and show the world the face of HIV is nothing to hide or be frightened of. CHOOSE love and companionship as well! I wish you the best.

I too was diagnosed on Valentine's Day and I am going through a world of mix emotions but as the next day moves forward I seem to get stronger. I am trying to educate myself by reading up on how to live life with this and to know there is hope, a small suggestion please find a support group. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! I'm living proof. If you are not ready to go public then wait till you are ready sometimes its easier to talk to a stranger than it is someone you know.