Advice From a Peer For a Newly Diagnosed Woman: Part 2

Society makes people living with HIV feel dirty. We’re not dirty people. We’re beautiful people in all different colors, shades and shapes. Living with the virus, we need to understand that love comes from first loving yourself. Never let anybody bring you down. Look in the mirror. Start practicing telling yourself, “I love you,” “Hi, you are a beautiful woman.” You have to practice loving yourself, because living with this virus; people see it in an ugly way.

God put us all on this earth for a reason and whatever we are dealing with, whether it be HIV, diabetes or any other type of illness, we’re here. So learn how to be strong. It takes time to get there, but I’ll tell you that “You can.”

*This post was adapted from a message originally published in the “Let’s talk About It Magazine.”

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