Yes, it is true, nobody actually wants HIV. I didn’t wake up one morning and think "You know, I really hope the doctor tells me today that I have HIV." However, that simply is not how life works. You are tossed a curve ball, and while there are things I wish I would not have done to contract the virus, knowing that I have HIV is something that has totally and completely changed my life, for the better.
Before HIV, I would take for granted the time spent with my family. If my mom called on the phone, maybe I’d answer, or maybe not. I’d often avoid spending time with my sisters, simply because I did not want to hear about their days and have to deal with them complaining about what happened at work (even though they have husb ands for this). I’d also back out on my friends all the time, simply because I had a sudden change of heart. However, HIV has given me a sudden change of heart. I now look forward to the conversations, spend more time with my friends, and even talk to them about everything from sports to life insurance, because I want to make sure we are close and I don’t miss out on the important things in life, which is ultimately the people.