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George and Anna

Anna doesn't know who her father is. Her mother is alcoholic and Anna was raised by her siblings. When Anna was 11 she was raped and didn't tell anyone. She did well in school and her sister paid her way to high school. When she was 15 a routine HIV test at her school brought her dark secret back. Anna was infected with HIV when she was raped. Again, she told noone. The nurses at the hospital took her under their wing, counselled her, comforted her and helped her, when she was 18, to tell her sister what had happened. Anna attends the clinic in her small town. Her health is good so she has not started meds yet. She is a serious student who told all interested young men that when she graduated school they could take an HIV test together. In her heart though, she had no idea how she'd find a partner. The majority of HIV patients at rural clinics like hers are women or men considerably older than she is.

George ran away a lot from his violent home. His sister, who lost her arms in a fire during a seizure, was the bread winner for the family and for the three years before she died, made a decent living begging. Decent enough in fact, that George's mother took a sick woman off the street and nursed her back to health in their home…….only to have the woman infect her young son with HIV when he came home from the streets. That was 13 years ago and George has calmed down. He's been sober for almost two years and is a brilliant counselor to youth with HIV and/or substance abuse problems. His health is very good and is outlook is excellent. He's been alone though, and two thwarted matchmaking efforts left him feeling as if he'd never find someone who shared his values.

A doctor who cares very much for George and knows what a 'gem' he is, put out the word to other clinics. Were there any HIV+ young women out there looking for a partner? No drinking or drugs, preferably no kids-someone who wanted to live openly and positively. Dr. Hussein showed Anna George's picture. She was eager to meet George and the rest is history. The two are now in love and planning a future together. George is getting counselling for how to help Anna deal with the trauma she endured. They run a youth group for positive children under 18.

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