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Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)

Réseau canadien des personnes séropositives (RCPS)

« Love Positive Women »

Visit us each day from February 1st through to February 14th to share our love for positive women in Canada and from around the world.


Visitez-nous tous les jours du 1er au 14 février pour partager notre amour pour les femmes positives au Canada et du monde entire.


February 7, 2023

"It's not over"

~ Kathleen (Kathy) B. ~

"It's Over"

I had recently ended a 17-year relationship/marriage and began seeing someone new.

I was feeling unwell and went to a Walk in Clinic, it was suggested I take an HIV test. I never thought twice.

3 weeks to the day, I received a call from the Clinic "your HIV test is positive" it was January 13, 2000 at 10:50am. I feel I went through a "textbook" response.


This cannot be possible. I am a heterosexual female who has been with one person prior to the new relationship.


I will not see my daughters grow up: they were 3, 6, and 9 years old. What if I have infected them?


How could I have been so irresponsible and not used protection? My ex-husband was seeing a lawyer and I believe, due to my diagnosis, a judge awarded him temporary custody and possession of our home.

My life literally spiraled out of control: addiction and homelessness. 

After many attempts at sobriety, I was finally hospitalized at 76 pounds, drug induced delirium, and HIV Encephalitis. My recovery began and continues.

I have wonderful relationships with all 3 of my girls, incredible friendships and supports, and all of this I strongly attribute to my diagnosis.

"It ISN'T Over!"

The CPPN remains steadfast in its commitment to women and girls who are living with HIV in Canada, and around the world.

We « Love Positive Women » and we encourage you to share our commitment.

You are invited to submit your own written or video tribute to the CPPN's 2023 « Love Positive Women » campaign.

People living with HIV will be compensated for their contribution.

If you would like to participate, follow this link to our submission form.