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Motherhood and HIV -- the Laughter, the Fears and the Hopes of HIV-Positive Moms

March 21, 2014

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Lolisa Gibson, Who Was Born With HIV, Discusses Her Hopes for Becoming a Mother

I never really wanted kids. That was even before the HIV. I just didn't want kids. But once I started traveling a lot with the HIV stuff, I just didn't think I had time. I thought maybe when I was like 27 or something, I would have a kid. But Daryl, he had different plans. He wanted to have kids. And actually, in December or October of 2008, I went to England for a tour across the UK for two months, so when I came back, we met again. Since that night, he just never left. So I didn't want kids, but we were having sex and the condom actually broke several times in one night. So I think that's the night I got pregnant.

And once we found out I was pregnant, I still didn't want kids as much, but he did. So I was just like, "How am I going to tell?" I was never worried about the baby having HIV because of the technology that I know is out there. But I was like, "How am I going to tell my child that I have HIV?" He was like, "Well, you'll just tell him the same way you tell everyone else." So I was like, "OK." And my mom, when I told her I was pregnant, we found out in January, by February, she had already left everything she owned and moved to New York. So it was set from there.

Make sure to watch or read the full interview with Lolisa.

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