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Protection Isn’t 100 Percent Safe When It Comes to Prevention of Transmission of HIV – STD Interview

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Globally, over 35 million people are living with HIV, out of which 16 percent are not aware of it. HIV is caused due to a wide array of reasons and blood transfusion and sex are most popular.

In an interview with Ryan (Name Changed), a 23 year old student from New Jersey. He shares his experience and how he got HIV.

• How old were you when you were diagnosed with HIV?

I was 19 years old.

• How did you know that something was wrong?

I developed flu – like symptoms such as fever, sore throat and often had fatigue. For a couple of weeks, I thought it as flu and did not pay much heed to it.

In a few weeks, I started having muscle aches and joint pains. This was when I realized that this was something serious. I did a little bit of internet research and discovered that these might be the initial symptoms of HIV. However, nothing was certain right then.

• How did you feel when you were diagnosed with HIV?

I felt terrible. That report containing the result of my blood tests seemed haunted for a moment. That was the worst thing that could ever happen to me. I asked god – “Why Me?” I cursed myself and did not step out of my doorstep for several months. My parents were devastated when they got to know about this. They sort of disowned me.

• How did you contract HIV?

I am not really sure about this. I was involved with multiple partners during my high school and that was when it might have got transmitted. One thing that surprised me was that I always used protection and still got HIV.

One thing that I have learnt from this experience is that a protection like condom isn’t a 100 percent safe when it comes to prevention of transmission of HIV.

• Did HIV make you hesitant to start new relationships?

Yes indeed. I am not able to meet girls and interact with them as freely as I used to earlier. Everything has changed. I have turned down one – night stands, abstained from engaging in any sort of a sexual activity with a friend or get into a relationship.

I broke up with my girlfriend as soon as I got to know about being HIV positive, although I did not tell her about the exact reason.

• What changes did you bring about in your lifestyle after being contracted with HIV?

I maintain a very healthy lifestyle and make sure that I stay in a hygienic atmosphere. I don’t stay up late at night and sleep on time. I have absolutely quit smoking and consumption of alcohol.

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Source by Elva Jose

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