My Life With HIV My Mom Betrayed Us And My Dad Became An Alcoholic 4 months ago   05:02

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There was this guy called Brad, and one day he found something he could never have dreamed of - he was infected HIV-positive.

He found out when he was 16 years old. Brad played for the volleyball team at his school. Every year, he had a medical before starting his training.

That time, Brad was called into to see the school doctor for a private talk. It turned out to be a moment he would never forget. A lot of things were explained to him, but he only remembered that one phrase: “You’re HIV-positive.” The feeling was one of plummeting down from a very high building. “What is aids? This has to be a mistake,” he thought. But it wasn’t. He had no idea how he had caught it. Neither he nor any member of his family was part of one of the risk groups. He went over the issue in his mind for hours on end, but gave up after getting nowhere.

Brad has little recollection of what he did over the next few weeks. He was angry at his doctor for smiling at him when she talked about his therapy. Brad should have listened to her more attentively, because she was explaining something important. All he got was that he had to take some pills to extend his miserable life for a few more years.

Then there was that horrible talk with his parents. Brad loved them, but they had always been distant. Although they were kind about it when he told them, he sensed the disappointment in their eyes. He knew deep down that they thought HIV was something only bad people got.

Brad expected no support from them. He became afraid to leave his house, because he was scared he’d be bullied or infect someone else. He knew, of course, that he couldn’t give someone HIV by just sneezing on them, and that his status was entirely confidential, but the situation made him irrational.

And so Brad shut himself away in his bedroom, only occasionally emerging to go to school. He forgot all about his volleyball training. Sometimes, his parents would come and try and start a conversation, but Brad knew what they were really thinking, and had little interest in talking. He lived a lonely life split between his computer and the TV, imagining that the walls were slowly closing in to crush him.

After about a month of this, Coach Stephens turned up to find out why he had quit volleyball. He thought Brad was ill and wanted to help. Brad had vowed to never tell anyone, but the hours of silence led him to blurt out: “I’m HIV-positive, okay? I’m going to die soon, so just leave me alone!” His coach looked at him with a serious expression and said: “No need to shout. You know, I’ve been HIV-positive for 16 years.” His words hit Brad like a bucket of cold water. He’d never realised that there might be other people like him out there. Coach Stephens then explained the idea of antiretroviral therapy, along with other things his doctor had told him about but which he hadn’t been able to take in. Brad cried like a baby.

Coach Stephens promised to help him. He talked to his parents, explaining things they would otherwise never have understood. He got Brad back into volleyball training and introduced him to an HIV teenage support group, where he met new and very supportive people. Brad’s life is far from perfect now, but he’s learned to appreciate what life has given him. His parents are now more supportive, and are learning to be more open. He’s more responsible, both towards himself and others. All this is thanks to Coach Stephens, who gave Brad hope. Now, Brad wants to give someone else hope too. That’s why he’s decided to volunteer to help other teenagers escape the misery he found himself in.

Brad has a way to sum up his situation: Instead of feeling HIV-positive, now he just feels positive. He knows he’s not alone, and that he has people around him to give him strength. And there’s one other good thing. Five years ago, he met a young woman who became his soulmate. Two years ago, she agreed to become his wife. Last week, she gave birth to his first, entirely healthy daughter. Brad has no way to express how happy he is. If only he could have known what lay ahead of him six years ago!

How did I find out that I have HIV + 0:05

I talked to my new doctor 0:55

Talk with my parents 1:15

I locked myself alone 1:50

Coach Stevens came to me 2:17

I was crying like a baby 3:14

I decided to volunteer 3:50

A private one thing 4:15

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Tony The Go!Animator
This looks like AsapScience
Night Wing 16
I'm HIV Negative
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Who esle got the "Dear hiv" ad
Amanda Weaver
I feel bad for this kid
I was called to my school doc for a quick talk. That rhymes
Chao Princess
If he has HIV and he and his wife had a baby, that makes me wonder about the wife. I know the baby is healthy but, what about the wife?
Eric Ferguson
No I don't even know what HIV+ is!
Nikolax34 Bruvinski
If he has HIV + than why doesn't he have aids? That's what HIV + is.
positive boy
Ruzica Milosavljevic
I am soooòoooo happy for you i hope that you will have long and happy life with your wife and your child.
amisha sneha
His daughter n wife can also suffer from HIV
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How did I find out that I have HIV + 0:05

I talked to my new doctor 0:55

Talk with my parents 1:15

I locked myself alone 1:50

Coach Stevens came to me 2:17

I was crying like a baby 3:14

I decided to volunteer 3:50

A private one thing 4:15
Savage GTR Rivale
Idek what HIV+ is.
Mary Brown
alligatorgladiator lol
ahh yes those crappy animations from before
Can u Cantaloupe
How did his wife not get HIV
kids comedy
Mary Neu
I don't know what HIV is
Something isint adding up
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My Mom Betrayed Us And My Dad Became An Alcoholic My Life With HIV 4 months ago   05:40

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Hello! This is Jenny. It’s a bit sad to say this, but her dad is an alcoholic. But don’t assume that she's therefore going to talk about domestic violence. She loves her dad; he might just have the sweetest personality of anyone she's ever known. And maybe that's the real reason why he drinks. Here's Jenny's experience.

Her life was completely normal until she turned 12. Jenny had very loving parents. Her mom was a very energetic woman and her dad was a nice calm guy. She takes more after her mom, and was growing up into an active and optimistic young woman. But one day, everything changed. Jenny's mom revealed that she had met another man, and she was moving to another city with him. And then it got even worse: "Jenny", she said, "I have no intention of going to court to make you live with me. I think you’d better stay with your dad – you spend your life here. It would be better for everyone".

If you think this was horrible enough, Jenny has even more to tell you. She felt so betrayed by her mother, and so indignant. Really, is that the right way to treat your own children? At the same time, she realized that if her mother didn’t want her, then she needed to adjust. This is how she ended up staying with her dad. He was so sad – it must be so unpleasant when a woman you love decides that she doesn’t need you anymore. And so, he started relaxing with a drink or two in the evening. "Sorry, Jenny", he said, "it just makes me feel better. Do you mind?"

One of her dad's rare defects was his lack of willpower. Jenny was still very young at the time and didn’t realize this fast enough. When it began to dawn on her that he had a problem, it was too late. Two drinks became four, four became eight, then he fell asleep in the armchair and Jenny had to help him towards the bedroom. He said he felt better, he didn’t feel so useless and lonely. At the time, he seemed to be just one step away from full-blown depression, but Jenny would have preferred it if he had taken some medication rather than drink himself into unconsciousness.

The real tragedy started when he decided that he'd scared Jenny too much at home with his drinking and decided he had better go out to do it instead. The fact is that social alcoholism is the worst. He found some small filthy bars, disgusting pubs, horrible dens, where he would drink with other alcoholics and talk to them about his miserable life. He would cry and ask for forgiveness, and then promise to give it up. But he just couldn’t do it. The problem was that he now spent every evening drinking, and would crawl home rather than walk. Sometimes he came in with bruises. Sometimes, he forgot to come home. In those cases, Jenny would have to take a taxi and do a pub crawl of her own, looking for him. Not a nice environment for a teenage girl. Imagine it - she had to learn how to persuade his buddies to let him go home, and she sometimes even had to bring a baseball bat with her to make herself understood. Everyone knew that Jenny was not someone to mess with.

Of course, she tried to keep her spirits up, but it was hard even for a tough person like her. She felt so sad and lonely, and every day those feelings grew. One day, she went into a bar to fetch her dad, and there was an enormous guy who claimed that her dad hadn’t paid. He was nearly senseless. Jenny doesn’t remember exactly how she managed to get out of there, but she brought her dad home feeling absolutely desperate. She didn’t have any hope left, and thought that she was doomed to spend the next few years searching for her drunk dad every night. It was a dead end. The next day she wanted to tell her dad that she had to leave him and go to her mom, or elsewhere - she just couldn’t take it anymore. She was crying, and her dad was looking at her with a horrified expression on his face – he had never seen her cry. This was the turning point, when he realized that he couldn’t do it anymore – to himself, but above all to his daughter. It was the first time she saw that her dad had willpower after all. The same day he went to his first AA session. The next day was Jenny's 15th birthday, and she decided to stay with her dad for some time to see if he could remain sober.

It turned out that life is beautiful even without drinking. He repeats this every day, and constantly apologizes for those hellish three years. But Jenny's not offended, because she managed to learn a useful lesson even from that horror. Now, she's a wrestler, and quite a talented one – they say that she has the character of a warrior. She knows exactly which bars she got it from. Her dad comes to support her at all her competitions - straight from his AA meetings, absolutely clean. And she now knows that even if the situation is worse than you could ever imagine, there is always hope.

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