How One Man Shattered HIV Stigma With a Photo of His Family
Andrew Pulsipher is a father, a husband and a man who is no longer afraid to share is HIV status.
Pulsipher was born with HIV. He lost his father to AIDS at the age of four and his mother at the age of eight. Pulsipher grew up under the care of his aunt and uncle, and for 33 years, he has always afraid to share his status. But he recently did something to change that.
Pulsipher shared a picture on Facebook of him with his wife and his beautiful family. It was his way of revealing his status to show what HIV-positive people can look like and to help break down the stigma surrounding the disease. Little did he know, hundreds of Facebook messages would be sent in support of his story and that he would become a social media sensation and an inspiration to many.
The picture he posted was of him, his wife, and his three children all holding signs that reveal their HIV statuses and a brief explanation of what his status means to him. Pulsipher’s whole family is HIV-negative and he wants to help change the negative stigma behind HIV and educate people about living with HIV.
HIV is a treatable disease. “I want to educate people so we can get past the ‘How you got the disease to ‘How are you living with your life with it?” said Pulsipher.
To learn more about Pulsipher and his journey to becoming more confident with his HIV status, visit here.