Gay Couple Adopt HIV Positive Child: Five Years On the Virus is Virtually Undetectable 

Good news! The couple’s adopted daughter is now healthier and reacting well to her HIV+ treatment.

An HIV positive baby girl adopted in 2014 by a gay couple get a second shot at life.

Damein Pighin, 42 and Ariel Vijarra, 39 adopted baby Olivia after 10 other families had rejected her, reported the Daily Mail.

The couple that was also the first gay couple to get married in Santa Fe, a Province in North Eastern Argentina, had been trying to adopt a child and expand their family since 2011.

Damein Pighin and Ariel Vijarra with their daughters Olivia and Victoria.
Damein Pighin and Ariel Vijarra with their daughters Olivia and Victoria.
(Photo: Facebook)

Speaking to the local news Vijarra said “As soon as I saw her, I felt that she was part of my life. 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,” reported Daily Mail.

Five Years Later, The Child’s HIV Virus is ‘Virtually Undetectable’

The baby, Olivia, was born HIV positive and was severely underweight. But now, five years down the road, not only has she responded well to the treatment and gained healthy weight, the HIV virus is virtually undetectable in her.

Although there is no definitive cure for HIV as of yet, it is possible to significantly reduce the amount of virus even as far as to the point of being undetectable if treated properly and in time.

Arial and Damien who have since adopted another baby girl named Victoria, now run an NGO helping unwanted children up for adoption find homes.

 

Source: Gay Couple Adopt HIV Positive Child: Five Years On the Virus is Virtually Undetectable 

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