Freeman first learned she was HIV positive in 2000. In this video she shares her story and insights on how it's not a death sentence anymore.
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Linda Freeman: My name is Linda Freeman I first learnt in 2000, my husband -- I had to take him to the hospital and they had kept them in hospital and they asked me, well they had already told him that he had a Full Blown AIDS so they asked him did he tell me while I was there, that he had Full Blown AIDS and I didn't know and so, yes I found out that I was diagnosed - you know he had AIDS but they told me I need to go to the doctor right away so I can get tested and that's what I did, I went to the County and I got tested. And they told me that I was HIV Positive. I wasn't even upset I don't think because I really worked, my issue was getting him better, I was concerned about him and when I first find out it didn't bother me because Rich he was my partner, he was my partner at first and then unlike until 02 we got married, because I feel like I wont able to discuss my issue with another partner. So we just end up getting married. So because I know what he had and I know he had Full Blown AIDS and I was HIV Positive so we just married. Still the same issue is, is I got high blood pressure, I am on medication right now and I take my pills daily, I am just a gone person and I want everybody to know, what you do is not a guessing anymore. So I mean you are going to draw up because you are HIV positive, you got things to do, you got -- my kid the only thing keeping me alive and my grand-grand key. I was already on high blood pressure pills and high blood pressure, then I start -- then when I got on HIV medicine for two years now and I have been daily taking them because I don't want a think go wrong. And I constantly take them as - as I suppose to everyday and when I first started taking them I was low, sick and kind of crazy but then the way that they had me taking them like a Combivir must in the morning and a Combivir in the night and my Sustiva. And then I will -- I don't really, it really didn't go good with me, so I started taking 2 Combivir in the morning with my medication my other medication and then I take my Sustiva at night and I start coming back to messiah and I cried till month. About taking the medication because I heard so many people were saying about how the medicine reacted over things. But I went on and get on told my dad that I am ready, and I when I started I just kept on going with it. No I wouldn't have it, if had used protection but you know -- about me I guess not even thinking about using protection and I should have because he was outgoing person not being home he is on street or he go and come back and go and come back. But at the end it come to me that I was going to be the one that end up with HIV. HIV isn't a dead sin and it's important that you go and get tested that's the real thing right there is go and get tested, you know where you will know, how you will heal.
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