Tylique Nasir Jones recently shared an inspirational post about living a happy life with HIV. Though his story and message is not uncommon we thought we'd share to uplift anyone who might not be feeling the same.
Clinical depression is the most commonly observed mental health disorder among those diagnosed with HIV, affecting 22% of the population. If you suffer from substance abuse as well, this rate may be higher. Common emotions after being diagnosed with HIV are sadness and grief, but sadness and grief that morph into full-blown clinical depression are not considered normal responses. Depression can negatively impact your mind, mood, body, and behavior. And it often goes undiagnosed and untreated in those individuals infected with HIV. But, the good news is, just as there have been significant medical advancements helping HIV-positive individuals live fuller, more productive lives, depression treatments help patients better manage both diseases. These treatments can enhance both survival rates and quality of life in individuals suffering from both HIV and depression.
In his message Tylique writes:
I AM LIVING WIH HIV HOW MANY CAN SAY THAT! ARE LIVING OR EXISTING!!?? I LIVE IN MY TRUTH CAN YOU???? ! MY LIFE IS JOYFUL AND FULL OF TRUTH AND HAPPINESS! I AM A MAN THAT IS TRANSPARENT AND HONEST! A MAN WITH INTEGRITY! A MAN WHO LIVES UNAPOLOGETICALLY!
BLACK GAY MAN! POWERFULLY EMPOWERED!
MY LIFE IS MY LIFE I WILL NEVER LIVE IN SHAME OR PAIN! I SUFFERED ENOUGH!
I AM ENOUGH!!