World AIDS Day: HIV-positive dad shares photo of healthy wife and kids on Facebook

A DOTING dad has shared a photo of his wife and three children in an effort to remove the stigma of being HIV-positive.

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Laura Mitchell

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HIV positive man and family



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BREAKING STIGMAS: HIV-positive Andrew posted a picture of his healthy family on Facebook

Andrew Pulsipher was born HIV positive, but his wife and three children are all HIV negative.

The dad-of-three shared a photo of the whole family on Facebook back in 2015,  in a bid to smash the stereotypes around the disease.

His impactful snap went viral and received over 8,000 shares on social media.

Alongside the photo Andrew, from Phoenix, said: “Having a negative family can be the most positive thing in your life”.

The 33-year-old said he wants to educate people that being HIV positive does not mean you can’t have a family.

“This has taken me a very long time to be comfortable with (almost 34 years!),” he wrote on the Facebook post.

“I know HIV has a negative stigma, but that it doesn’t have to and I want to help change that. It is a treatable disease and you can live a normal life with it. I am proof of that.

“I want to educate people so that we can get past the ‘HOW you got the disease’ to ‘HOW you are living your life with it’?”


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HIV POSITIVE: The dad-of-three’s post has already gone viral

Andrew has been HIV positive since birth, having had the disease passed on from his parents.

His parents died from AIDS when he was still a child. He said he had a normal upbringing and was raised by his aunt and uncle, and very few knew about his condition.

He met his wife, Victoria, and broached the subject of wanting to have a baby.

She told NBC news: “I kind of just assumed I would get it too, and that was OK with me, because I loved him and I wanted to be with him.”


“For our first child we did something called sperm washing”

Andrew Pulsipher

Ten years on and they have now had three children through fertility treatment, all who are completely healthy.

Many people have commented on the photo and written on Andrew’s Facebook to tell him what an inspiration he has been.

“You are an inspiration Andrew. Thank you for sharing your story and GOD bless and continue to keep you and yours,”on person wrote.

Since he posted the photo, Andrew has also been inundated with questions about how he had healthy children.

He said: “I think the biggest question everyone is asking right now is ‘How did we have kids’.

“Well for our first child we did something called “sperm washing”.

“I give them a sample and they wash out the seamen and keep the sperm and then with fertility treatment we try and get pregnant.”

Sperm washing is a process which has been developed for couples who wish to have a child, where the male is HIV-positive and the female is HIV-negative.

The procedure reduces the risk of HIV transmission to the female partner and subsequently the unborn child.

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