HIV-Positive Child Finds New Home With Gay Couple
Sun, April 18, 2021

HIV-Positive Child Finds New Home With Gay Couple

 

The first gay couple to marry in the Argentine province of Santa Fe recently shared how they built their family, highlighted by their adoption of an HIV-positive child.

Damian Pighin and Ariel Vijarra decided to expand their family in 2011 but were met with several years of disappointment. 2014 rolled around and the couple received a call about a newborn baby ready to be adopted. They were more than willing to accept the child in their little family—even if she was born with HIV and was rejected by 10 other families.

"As soon as I saw her, I felt that she was part of my life," Vijarra said, as quoted by internet media company UNILAD. "The connection was immediate. We held her in our arms, gave her the bottle and she looked at us with her eyes wide open without crying."

 

Photo Credit: CEN via UNILAD

 

They named the little girl Olivia and gave her HIV treatment, to which she responded well. Olivia began gaining weight and a couple of years ago, their family received the news that the virus was no longer detectable in her.

Pighin and Vijarra added a new baby girl to their family in 2015. The child—named Victoria—was from a woman who heard about the couple's story. Olivia and Victoria are of similar age, with the latter turning five years old later this month and her adoptive sister celebrating the same in February.

 

Photo Credit: CEN via UNILAD

 

There is currently no cure for HIV, but there are available medical treatments to reduce the amount of the virus in the human body. Citing Medical News Today, UNILAD says decreasing the amount of the virus may come to the point at which it becomes undetectable in the blood—meaning the person living with HIV is no longer infectious and the disease will no longer damage their immune system.

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