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  Life is a daily struggle when you're HIV
Updated 01 December 2003, 14.11

Monday 1 December is World Aids Day which aims to make us more aware about the disease affecting millions of people around the world.

In her report teenager Lynn, who is HIV, writes about what it's like coping on a daily basis.

"I was diagnosed HIV positive at the age of eight.

My day starts very early in the morning, I get up at around about 6 o'clock to take my medication.

Once I take my medication I can go back to bed and sleep off some of the side effects and be ready to get to school.

Side effects

I have to take nine tablets a day but some young people have to take has many as 12-14 tablets a day.

There are many side effects from the tablets: headaches, dizziness, stomach ache, nausea, diarrhoea

It's hard trying to live and cope with a normal life as possible as just like any other teenager.

Secret life

The thing that hurts the most is the fact that some of my school friends can talk openly when they're ill and no-one would joke about it or say anything nasty.

But when it comes to HIV and Aids you just have to keep quiet.

Many young people like myself have to live a life based around this secret because there is a lot of ignorance and prejudice towards HIV/Aids sufferers.

It is too scary to bring up the subject of HIV and Aids in public.

Having two identities makes life very difficult.

The thing that keeps me going is having a lot of people there to support me.

Normal life

Talking to other young people who are in the same situation as me, really helps to inspire and give me the courage to keep going and to enjoy life.

I also try to live a normal life as possible by taking each day as it comes and also by doing normal things that teenagers do - writing, going to the cinema, shopping, listening to the music and playing and watching sports.

Talk openly

The organisation Body & Soul has helped me by giving me a place where I have a voice.

It's a place where I can talk openly to other young people who are in the same situation as me.

And it's a safe place where I can talk openly about HIV and Aids without being judged or criticised.

I can also share my experiences that I am going through and get a sense of acceptance and self worth."

Lynn, London

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