While I knew it wasn't a huge deal, I also knew how other people's misconceptions needed to be changed – and I hated the idea of having to hide anything.
They knew how I had never had casual sex, I certainly never did drugs and I was very healthy and balanced in every respect – HIV can hit anyone, and I certainly shouldn't feel bad in any way for my diagnosis.
Chris Smith, the former Chief Executive at the Environment Agency where I work is openly HIV-positive, so it was something I was familiar with.
I also knew how far medicine had advanced in the past couple of decades, so it really isn't the tragedy so many people assume it is.
Rachel Dilley, a 49-year-old charity worker from Harpenden in Hertfordshire, was diagnosed HIV-positive ten years ago.