Today on BBC Radio 1 newsbeat show, they interviewed 19 years old Luke who was recently diagnosed with HIV. He’s now one year into his diagnosis and has gone through the initial reaction of absolute fear and being scared of his future.
As with many newly diagnosed people, he didn’t know much about living with the virus and what it would entail for his future. He was thinking his life was going to be very short one and that people wouldn’t want to come near him. He was also concerned about his future health.
He has quickly realised living with HIV is not like this and is coping very well and is living a totally a normal life. 19 year old Luke also shares his frustration about HIV education and says there is not enough information out there. He even says, better school sexual health education could have helped to avoid certain decisions. He also wishes that his friends where better educated also, as they had initial concerns about contracting HIV through saliva, touch to touch contact and general day to day contact.
Luke is now activist for HIV awareness, writing regularly to try to educate people on the facts about the virus and trying to eliminate the stigma that still exists around the subject.
.. after the initial panic I was eternally thankful to learn that my life would not be a death sentence, but a life sentence – a long and happy life sentence.
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