Maria Sanchez, 30
HIV positive 10 years as of June 2011
Buenos Aires, Argentina
I am Maria and I am only 30 years old. I have been living with HIV for 10 years, but the disease doesn't scare me. People think I'm a nice person because I'm always smiling. I enjoy listening to people who are in a similar situation. I feel a sense of solidarity with them. I am currently in a relationship. He is HIV negative. We're always careful and take care of each other. I feel happy with him. HIV has not stopped me from being a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a godmother. It also hasn't stopped me from working as a professional nurse. I've always said that I bet on life. Life is beautiful. We always seem to value it only when something goes wrong. But for me it's like a rebirth, a chance to start over again. I always plough ahead. I never give up.