My family are everything for me and all the time I have to keep my secret. I try to make sure they never see my tablets or see me going to the clinic.
About 10 per cent of people living with HIV in Australia are women, yet we remain relatively invisible.
I was thirty two and a mother when I was told I was HIV positive at the refugee detention centre.
As a heterosexual woman living with HIV for the past 21 years, I am acutely aware that the lived experience of women with HIV today is still mired in ignorance and invisibility.
I know of more than one young heterosexual woman who on asking their GP for an HIV test was told “oh you don’t need that” or “why?”