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My journey with HIV has been everything from a slow winding country road to Route 66 and everything in-between.

Hi everyone! My name is Julie Musonda and I am one of the columnist here on beyondpositive. Firstly, let me introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me.

I am a white heterosexual female, a touch on the wrong side of fifty! I was diagnosed HIV-Positive in 2005 after a routine sexual health screen (would you believe my first ever and right before I moved into a new relationship after been married for many years). I had a denial period (which I think is pretty normal) of two years before the rebel in me decided to be an activist.

Now, two years on, I am proud of who I am, and not afraid of the words “I’m HIV-Positive” I’ve learnt to love myself again, not be afraid of life and as sure as hell be a little outspoken about living with HIV. If I am not willing to talk about HIV then how can I expect the rest of society to talk about it?

My journey with HIV has been everything from a slow winding country road to Route 66 and everything in-between. The crazy thing about life is that I have met some amazing people along the way who I would never have crossed my path of life otherwise. These people are very dear to me and honestly I wouldn’t change the last eight years of my life!

My column will be focusing, maybe a little controversially, on a woman’s perspective of living with HIV. They are entirely my opinions and not that of the website owners or other columnists and contributors.

I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you, and I hope you enjoy reading my perspective.

Julie x

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