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Diane's story

For 55-year-old Diane Lloyd, it’s disclosing her HIV-positive status to new partners that’s one of the most challenging parts of living with the virus. Diane was diagnosed with HIV 30 years ago. At the time, she was an injecting drug user and was working in the sex industry. Diane contracted HIV from her ex-partner, and the diagnosis came as a huge shock.

Diane – who these days is heavily involved in the HIV-positive community, sitting on the board of NAPWHA and Femfatales — says the hardest thing she’s had to come to terms with was being told that she couldn’t have children 30 years ago. “For me, being told that I couldn’t have children was harder than the diagnosis itself. The fact that we’ve made such incredible advances in science and medicine means women today aren’t faced with the same ultimatum that I was — and I’m truly happy for other HIV-positive women for that.”

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“For me, being told that I couldn’t have children was harder than the diagnosis itself."