Ashton Bradley

On March 19th 2014 my life changed, a change I wouldn’t realise the magnitude of it for another 5 months. This was the day I was diagnosed HIV+

I remember the days leading up to my diagnosis, the pain and feeling of total powerlessness as I went through seroconversion fully aware of the changes happening in my body. I felt weak, both mentally and physically, unable to do anything to rectify the mistake I had made weeks earlier.

The problem was it wasn’t just one mistake, there had been too many to even count. Mistakes I justified by telling myself it didn’t matter, life wasn’t any different with or without HIV, a few tablets a day wouldn’t change my life.

Let me say this here and now on the recorded… I was a stupid, naive, child!

I’m not saying if I knew then what I know now things would be any different, firstly because I don’t think any amount of knowledge or understanding can prepare you actually experiencing HIV and all that comes with it. Secondly I was in a very bad place mentally at the time, I was heavily using intravenous drugs to escape my own head and most of the time during this period lost the capability of rational thought.

I have come a long way in the last few months and as I approached the 6th month anniversary of my diagnosis I finally started to come to terms with what will be the rest of my life.

I guess I felt writing this all down would aid this process… So thanks for paying attention.