Max is a positive HIV, Alex is not. Starting two years ago, he learned that Max was living with HIV.
Both were involved in an important study on the transmission of the virus and made effective treatment for a person with HIV who did not know through sex.
The pair has shared a story with BBC Radio 5 to try to get more people out and try to get rid of some existing stigmas.
"I am 24 years old when I was HIV positive. FWhat a shock, a stomach punch. When they told me, I started crying. I did not know what to do. Should I go back to work or break my life? Do I have to say somebody? How will I now be a boyfriend?
When the clinic nurses gave me the results, she surprised me and said: "Do not worry, everything will be fine."
As I did this test periodically, I found it at a very early stage, and it was good news because it started early, the better.
HIV medication works Reduces the amount of virus in blood at detectable levels. This means that the virus can not be transmitted while it has been sex, as well as the condom.
It is quite easy for me to take my medication:only one I need one pill per day to have dinner. Patients with diabetes need four or five day injections.
Being HIV positive, it costs me much more than physically. I feel anxious to say other people about my illness.
My diagnosis was told to my closest friends and family. Most of them responded, but I was not allowed.
A friend, a kind adviser to me, told me: "True, I would not seek or have sex with HIV with someone. I would always like to take medications. "
Labeling as "improvisable" to people with HIV and feeling "self-conscious" with me was to prevent contact with people like me.
The vision was created in the 80s when it was considered HIV personal defeat or death penalty. People are still hooked up with TV shows that die from HIV or with the death of Princess Diana at the hospitalization of AIDS.
People with conflicts had to touch and much more to be an intimate relationship. Nowadays, we are living with HIV and want to live like any other person.
My tutor's reaction really affected me. I started panic attacks. I had never lived, but I could not breathe. I could not go outside as well.
I met Alex when he was aware that he was living HIV. We were two academics and we were interested in gender and sexuality, so that a link was created. I know HIV was positive, and there was not something I needed to mention.
I'm not sure where you are going We use condoms keeping in touch sex I did not see any seriousness, but I was worried that feeling a condom did not feel better.
Last year, we participated in the study Partner, which proved to be overwhelming people HIV with no sex preservative and do not convey virus if they take proper treatment.
I think if you knew more people, much less fear or stigma would be on HIV and nobody would have trouble getting tests. "
How is HIV treated?
- It treats HIV with antiretroviral drugs, which inhibits the replication of the virus.
- The amount of the blood virus is measured to see how the treatment works.
- It may take six months to convert this virtual load to an indecent one.
- Those people who do not detect HIV-positive anti-HIV treatment and who have not detected a virus have not been able to convey the sexually transmitted virus.
- NHS, British public health service, say condoms are the most effective way of protecting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (ETS).
"I was the first impression of Max that was She was very sure.
I met in a political party of the United States Party. I was with a group of homosexual youngsters – we were probably scared before a blow – and, nevertheless, he came and said: "Hi!".
I found that I was HIV positive after getting to know that day, when she published a picture next to her Facebook status with her medication.
For this reason, it was one of the reasons that attracted me, precisely because it was so open to talk about HIV. I always admire relinquishing his confidence and social pressure.
I also liked it, although it affected his diagnosis, he shared his time and emotional energy to help others.
We followed a few months after that conference and it all started.
no I was afraid insidepositiveit's not at all On the other hand, I felt sad when I learned from the diagnosis, they refused to other people.
Unmarried about sex, I did not worry about hiring HIV I learned that my boyfriend was taking his medication.
I totally trust him. Some people say that people with viruses would not take medication, but it will be the only prejudice. If you live with HIV, Your health is dependent on taking this pill daily. It's not something you forget.
I do not say to my whole family that Max is HIV positive, I do not think this is important.
I told my parents that they were invited to dinner at me, but he only took the pillow for dinner and did not want to go to the table.
It's wretched that he was not better known HIV can not be transmitted. Many people suffer from stigma on the disease without cause.
HIV-positive opinions are anchored in the past. We must guide the change ".