“When I was a teenager, I told one friend I had HIV, who then told my whole school, so I had no choice but to leave without taking my exams.
“During my teens I was always emotional and feared I was going to die from the infection.
“I didn’t take my medication as it was just a constant reminder I had HIV, but after losing my mum to AIDS it pushed me to be a HIV advocate.
“I never thought I would ever be a mum, I was petrified to have a boyfriend as I didn’t want to infect anyone.
“When I met Jay seven years ago in the pub, I did already have my eldest son who I knew didn't have HIV.
"I fell completely head over heels in love with Jay but I was scared he might reject me once he found out.
“He handled it so well, and we used a condom to ensure he was safe whilst he helped me accept that I had HIV.
"HIV is treated with antiretroviral medications, which work by stopping the virus replicating in the body. This allows the immune system to repair itself and prevent further damage.
"Due to being on the medication the amount of HIV in my blood count was low which meant that although there was a risk Jay would get HIV from me when we tried for a child, it was very small.
"I now have two children who are 12 and five, and we couldn't be happier."
Sasha was diagnosed with HIV after she struggled to overcome chicken pox aged five.
Doctors then discovered mum Sharon Goodman, 42, had caught the disease from unprotected sex.
She said: "My mum was diagnosed after I was as doctors knew I must've caught it before being born due to my young age.
"It's thought she caught the disease through not being unprotected during sex at some point in her life.
"I had a tough childhood and was raised by my grandparents, Jean and Bill Goodman, who have since died.
“After being bed bound for two years the horrific side effects of HIV , I had to learn how to walk again along with being tube fed. I missed out on everything.
“I remember putting up a fight when my grandparents would try and give me the medication as I was just a kid who never understood the disease was life threatening.”
The National Aids Trust states 97 per cent of people living with HIV who are on treatment are virally suppressed – they can’t pass the virus on.
However, HIV is known to attack the immune system and those who contract the disease are more likely to be severely effected by common illnesses such as the flu.
Sasha says: “The best thing I ever did was get support and I am now lucky to help other people who are suffering in silence whilst refusing to take their medication.
“It is a form of slow suicide because they are so scared of other people finding out, but actually HIV is very manageable, there is no reason for anyone with it to not lead a normal life.
"None of my family have HIV despite me and Jay having unprotected sex to start a family, this is something that fascinates some people as they seem to think it's highly contagious."