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TO MARK WORLD AIDS DAY, A BLOGGER-CUM-AUTHOR TALKS ABOUT LIVING WITH THE DISEASE FOR MORE THAN A DECADE

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Kaew* was about to lead a wonderful life after achieving everything she dreamed - a master's degree, a job offer and, most importantly, a plan to get married. But a pre-employment blood test report tore her life into pieces. 

"My blood test showed HIV positive. And I just turned completely numb," recalled Kaew. The then 30-year-old got the virus from her would-be groom who passed away three months after the diagnosis.

Neither at first glance nor on closer inspection does Kaew, now 42, show any sign of the infection. Her healthily chubby body plus her cheerful personality even makes her look a lot younger than her actual age. During a conversation with Muse, Kaew's pleasant yet powerful voice revealed not only her natural charm but proof she has not succumbed to the illness.

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