Trigger Warning: Discriminatory actions against People Living with HIV
"My journey with HIV has been a rollercoaster ride. With my whole career at stake, I was more worried about my career rather than my health. I wasn't worried about how I got it; I was more worried about who I could have given it to.
The thought of losing my career was very painful because I had worked really hard to secure a job. But my whole world was shattering in front of my eyes, while I was in pain due to the medical procedure. It was the lowest point of my life.
My employer had rejected me based on my HIV diagnosis while saying some derogatory comments and asking me personal questions. Keeping my HIV status from my parents was hardest because I had to give them a reason why my employer had let me go. Nevertheless, they always supported me in my choices and decisions. I am very happy that I didn't work for my previous employer; rather, I came to Canada to do further studies and to live a better life.
Over the course of 5 years, I have learned that HIV isn't something that can define me. It will only take me down if I let it. But if I aim to achieve higher and to be happy, it will make me stronger.
I've concurred some hard times in my life. This makes me appreciate even more the life that I have and the success I may achieve in the future."