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June 5th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

AIDS baby: 'I allow HIV to live with me'

By the time Lolisa Gibson found out she was HIV-positive, the disease had already progressed to AIDS.  She decided to educate herself about the disease and take the necessary medications.  Now she wants to educate others about the disease too.  She has written a memoir, "The Way I See It," which chronicles her life before and after her diagnosis.  Lolisa is a guest blogger on The Chart today.

If someone stopped me eight years ago and asked me what HIV was, I would have without a doubt walked right past them. I knew nothing about HIV and didn’t think I needed to. Now, seven years after finding out that I was HIV positive and that was most likely born with the virus that I didn’t even think existed in my world, I’m proud to say that if someone asked me about the human  immunodeficiency virus today, I can tell them close to everything there is to know about it.

I NEVER say that I’m living with HIV - I am HIV positive but I allow HIV to live with me.  As a 24-year-old HIV positive female who is not only a daughter and sister but also a mother and fiancée, I don’t feel like HIV is the most important thing in my life. I live to see the smile on my son’s face and watch him grow more day by day.  HIV wants to cause me stress and take the best of me, however when it comes to HIV my best is not available. When it came to disclosing my status to the ones I love most, it was the hardest obstacle that HIV has ever been able to throw my way.

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