- Sasha Goodman, 30, contracted HIV from her mother, who had unprotected intercourse, at birth
- Her life went downhill after her mother's death, which was caused by an Aids-related illness
- However, her life changed when she found a partner, whom she believed put his own life at risk to start a family
Sasha Goodman, 30, fell in love with Jay Hart almost instantaneously. However, she was afraid of losing him if she revealed she was HIV-positive.
But, Hart surprised her and instead of running for the hills, he put his own life at risk to start a family. She explained that he even helped her come to terms with her HIV status.
Goodman, who hails from Milton Keynes in the UK, was diagnosed with the virus when she was still very young. According to W24, she had contracted HIV from her mother, who had had unprotected intercourse.
"My mom was diagnosed after I was, as doctors knew I must've caught it before being born due to my young age," she explained.
Goodman's life became a mess as a result of the virus - she had to leave her school because of bullies and her mom passed away due to an Aids-related illness. Briefly.co.za gathered Goodman's late grandparents raised her following her mom's death.
The mom of two explained she trusted one of her friends with her HIV status when they were in high school. However, the friend betrayed her trust and told the entire school.
Goodman revealed that as a teenager, she had the constant fear that the virus would kill her. She said she never thought she would have children or a boyfriend, because she did not want to infect anyone.
“I didn’t take my medication. It was just a constant reminder I had HIV, but after losing my mom to Aids it pushed me to be an HIV advocate," she explained.
However, it was not until she met her 32-year-old boyfriend, Jay Hart, seven years ago that things started to fall in place for her.
Hart did not care about her HIV status and he accepted Goodman regardless. The pair even have a child together. Goodman has another child from a previous relationship as well.
Goodman is working hard to break the stigma surrounding HIV. She explained people often can't believe she contracted HIV from birth since they normally think of it as a sexually transmitted disease.
So, she made it her mission to educate other people and today she is an inspirational HIV activist. Goodman's story just proves HIV positive people can still have it all - a family, career and a healthy life.
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