I became pregnant with my third kid, and who knew, she would be my last. Six months into my pregnancy, I found out I have HIV.
My Name is Michael Zalnasky. My friends call me Zee. My grandsons call me PaPa. My Daughter, well she calls me Dad. And I am Heterosexual HIV POZ.
Jay MacGillivray and Mark Yudin’s talk, “Trauma-Aware Reproductive Care for Women Living with HIV & Those at Risk” explored how prenatal care is impacted by trauma; including insecure or unsafe housing, immigration status, gender-based violence, problematic substance use, severe mental illness and exploited sex work.
That damn bicycle has given me a life back when I thought I had none. It’s rejuvenated my creative abilities to record and acknowledge such an incredible, health-rebuilding journey. Spinning my wheels to the tune of 8,880 miles since August, 2015, and I was diagnosed August, 2014.
This decision to be married and have kids has absolutely nothing to do with me being undetectable with a high CD4 cell count. I still wanted children even when I was first diagnosed with HIV.