Mom of 4 who hid HIV status for 14 years shares her story and warns people about the dangers of living undiagnosed
Chatrivia Kennedy sits at home in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood on July 14, 2021, with some of the books she has written, including a word search book that educates readers about HIV. - Brian Cassella/TNS

CHICAGO -- When Chatrivia Kennedy was summoned to her doctor’s office for the results of a blood test at eight months pregnant with her second child, she prepared herself for the news. Less than two weeks earlier, the then 24-year-old’s partner was diagnosed with pneumocystis pneumonia, a condition that strikes those with a compromised immune system. Kennedy’s partner’s doctor contacted her at his request, she said, and told her she should get tested for HIV. She immediately did. “When I walked into the room and saw my midwife, doctor and a counselor, I already knew I had it,” she recalled. Sh...