Tracy left Baltimore for college in Philadelphia with hopes and dreams. She didn’t do drugs, and she was a virgin, so HIV was the last thing on her mind when she met her boyfriend.
After using protection several times, she let her boyfriend forgo the condom. “He was a semi-pro football player. He had a good body and looked clean,” she tells kids. “He stopped using condoms and I stopped asking.” She gave him her virginity and he gave her HIV and a baby.
Tracy had a hard time accepting her diagnosis, but once she did, she became an outspoken advocate for prevention education.
While at a social function for people who were HIV positive, Tracy met another man. He regretted not having children, so he and Tracy decided to have a baby together. After the birth of her second son (through Cesarean Section), she learned the importance of furthering knowledge about the disease even to those already infected. “I didn’t understand about re-infection; I didn’t know that I could have been re-infected by my second son’s father with a much stronger strain of the virus.” Joining a support group gave her much strength along the way.
Tracy is currently in school to become a dental assistant. She hopes to work with HIV positive clients.
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