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I am a HIV positive in Iran.

Story No. 1 

This story is completely true and has been prepared based on interviews with patients. Names and other identifying information have been removed to keep anonymity.

I was born in a wealthy family and was the only girl. I met my husband when I was student in secondary school. My parents were opponent of my marriage but we married. After a year my husband became addicted to drug, he started alcohol consumption before that. His addiction got worse after my second child birth .Then, he commence to inject drug. He beat me and harassed me. He stole and sold our house furniture. He knew he was HIV positive but he did not tell me. Until I became sick and hospitalized.
Physicians tested me for every thing but they could not diagnosis my disease. In the same time my husband also hospitalized and died there. They checked his blood test result. They realized he was HIV positive and then my blood test was positive too. Fortunately, my kids are not positive.

After that, my wife’s family rejected me and my kids!! I got HIV from their boy!! When we realize I am positive, everything destroyed. I -myself- did not know what HIV is but if people know about this virus and transmission routes, they will not afraid of us and communicate with us! Sometimes even a person who knows about AIDS, he/she acted so wrong. I was hospitalized twice, nurses did not change my IV line and physicians did not intend to hospitalize me even I needed to.

Stigma is so much. When we disclose we are positive, people think we have to do wrong things. Why!! I did not do anything wrong. Why they judge us! It may happen to anyone why they think this disease is for others and they are vaccinated!!


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