The Benefits of Living With HIV

Published: August 1, 2011

On TheBody.com regularly posted different materials on HIV/AIDS. Life stories of people living with HIV take a special place among these posts. Recently one interesting story was posted by anonymous author.

There is a lot of negativity and heaviness when talking about HIV. People rarely get to hear the positivity and the beauty of living with this disease. So I want to provide a different side of the dialogue around the epidemic and talk about the benefits of living with HIV. Since my diagnosis a little over two years ago, I have seen so many positive changes that I would not have otherwise recognized at this point in my life. As crazy as this may sound, I have gotten to a place where I know I am lucky to be living with HIV.

Benefit No. 1: Clarity.

Every day since my diagnosis, I have gained more clarity. Who I am. What I want in life. What is most important to me. Who is most important to me. What I want in a friend. What I want in a life partner. My goals. My dreams. My present. My future.

All of it continues to become so clear. Suddenly that cliché of living every day like it is your last is resonating with me. If I really had just this one day to live, I would want to live it with purpose, with stability, and with passion. The small stuff — the daily drama and the bullshit — does not get to me like it used to. It is a breath of fresh air to have more of this inner peace.

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