VIDEO I'd never thought about HIV. Until I got it.
I never had sex education at school. Sex, condoms and HIV just
weren't talked about in the world I grew up in. That's why I faced
so many problems when I was young. I wasn't accepted. Always felt
different. My classmates treated me as an outcast because I'm gay.
I was often bullied. Even beat up.
Because of the lack of information, I
had no idea how important condoms are. I have now been HIV positive
for four years.
I went through difficult times, until I realised that negative
thinking was getting me nowhere. Of course I face problems that my
peers don't face - dating someone, for example, can be difficult.
But in general, I live in just the same way as most people of my
age. I work to realise my dreams. I love my friends and family. I
just want to have fun.
I look at life positively to deal with my HIV - and I'm
convinced that this is the way forward for most young people in my
situation. Through my work with dance4life, I try to reach out to
young people all over the world. To share my experiences, and
listen to their story. Challenge discrimination. And create
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