The AIDS care staff worked with me to overcome the shame and guilt I was carrying around inside me. I started to attend support groups and found out that I was not alone, there were several other women infected with the HIV virus just like me.
Since working with Sacred Heart HIV/AIDS Care Services, I have been able to disclose my status to my pastor and his wife, who have been a wonderful spiritual support for me. I have disclosed my status to all my children and family members, who have turned out to be a wonderful support system. The support system that I would like to thank the most at this time is the support and assistance I get with the AIDS care staff at Sacred Heart; they have made a huge difference in my life.
I am still attending Sacred Heart HIV/AIDS Care Services support groups and I am able to tell my story in hopes that I can touch, help other females who have been newly diagnosed and assure them that they will be fine. I recently became engaged to be married and was very lucky and blessed to find a partner who is caring and able to handle being with an HIV positive person.
The information that I have learned through attending meetings has helped me educate my partner on the practices of safer sex so we do not infect him. Sacred Heart HIV/AIDS Care Services has truly been a blessing and I thank God everyday for giving me the courage to make that call.