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Breaking stigmas: Born with HIV, man flaunts his absolutely healthy family on Facebook

An HIV-positive man from Pheonix posts a photo with family to help shatter society's stigmas.

Written by Aditi Anand | New Delhi |
May 18, 2015 4:45:02 pm
Andrew Pulsipher, Andrew Pulsipher HIV, Pheonix HIV, HIV Facebook, Facebook HIV, HIV and AIDS, AIDS and HIV, HIV virus, AIDS, HIV, Trending News, Good News, WOrld News, Indian Express An HIV-positive man from Pheonix posts a photo with his family to help shatter society’s stigmas.

Andrew Pulsipher, a 33-year-old man from Pheonix has been diagnosed HIV positive since birth. He contracted it from his parents who died shortly after he was born according to an NBC affiliate report.

Pulsipher recently posted a photo on Facebook which became a rage on the social media network, to motivate HIV positive people into leading a normal life, but more importantly in an attempt to shun the predispositions surrounding people with this condition.


The photo makes a clear statement showing an HIV-positive man with his HIV-negative family showing that it’s possible to have a normal, healthy family and a full life even with the potentially deadly virus in your system.

After having a normal childhood, Pulsipher decided to have a normal family after college, shortly after he met his wife Victoria, who did not turn away upon knowing that Andrew had HIV.

“I kind of just assumed I would get it too,” Victoria said. “And that was OK with me, because I loved him and I wanted to be with him.”

The general perception about an HIV positive individual is that he or she has AIDS, which isn’t always the case. AIDS or Acquired immune deficiency syndrome is an effect of HIV if it’s allowed to destruct the immune system to the deadly stage.

If controlled, acquiring HIV cannot tamper the way of life of anyone. Andrew, who spent most of his life without even letting people know, posted this photograph on Facebook to break this very stigma attached to HIV-positive people.

Since their marriage, Andrew and Victoria have had four kids through fertilization process, all test negative for the virus.

Click here to see Andrew Pulsipher’s post

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