Monday 13 July, 2020

Living with HIV: A real-life experience

Stock image of a man with a red AIDS ribbon in hand. (PHOTO: iStock)

Stock image of a man with a red AIDS ribbon in hand. (PHOTO: iStock)

Damion Binger* gave a real-life experience of a person living with HIV as a presenter at the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life symposium at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday.

Binger was part of a panel that discussed the stigmatisation and discrimination that individuals living with HIV/AIDS face in the island and the need for new laws to be implemented, and others changed, to help protect the vulnerable set.

He sat down to talk with Loop News reporter Job Nelson about some of the difficulties he and others who are living with HIV face on a regular basis. He also spoke about how his life has changed since finding out that he is HIV positive and how he will now have to take tablets mechanically for the rest of his life.

Binger, a 24-year-old gay man who was diagnosed with the disease approximately five years ago, said he accepted his fate immediately after being made aware of his status, but became a tad concerned after realising the extent of what he would have to do to stay alive. Watch the video edited by Marlon Reid below.

* Name changed on request.


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