Just because you have HIV doesn't mean that life stops. There are still chores to do, friends to keep up with, jobs to perform, and family relationships to maintain. Sure, things you once took for granted may become more complicated in the face of HIV, but you don't need to give them up.
The adolescent years are tough by any standards. The decade between 10 years and 20 brings multiple challenges -- changing bodies, complex interpersonal peer relationships, navigating increasing independence, experiencing sex and intimacy, completing school and facing the future.
World AIDS Day is time for both activism and reflection. As nurses, we know the benefit that modern health care has provided to people living with HIV, but we must ensure as technology advances, that we don't lose sight that a person lives with the virus, not the other way around.