Today, March 10, is National Women and Girls HIV/Aids Awareness Day, a movement to promote HIV screenings and to educate the public on the importance getting tested.
The following post was written by Vickie for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
At the age of 19, I was working for a financial institution and had dreams of being a stockbroker. My dreams soon changed when I was diagnosed with HIV. All I knew about HIV/AIDS was what I had heard on the news. I thought only gay men got HIV and it was a death sentence, a horrible death sentence. I was scared and felt like I was the only woman in the world who was living with HIV.
Even with health insurance, I was unable to find a doctor who would help me. I called almost every doctor in my network and was told, “We do not see people like you; do not come to our office.” Repeatedly, many physicians rejected me. I was lost, scared, and desperate. Finally, I found someone to help.