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California mother and grandmother Nell Davis, 64, doesn’t fit any of the past profiles of those at high risk.
Later, “I found his HIV test results hidden in his Bible,” she says, adding that the date of the test “told me that he knew he was HIV positive well before we got married, but he never said anything.” (MORE: HIV/AIDS and People Over 50) Women over 50 make up 10 percent of all women living with HIV.
“I was ashamed, and the stigma was overwhelming,” she says.
But she adds that she has gained support and guidance from other women who get care at the same clinic.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to look after your emotional health, and a lot of help available if you do experience problems.
Treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental health problems can be very effective.