ST. LOUIS — More than 20 years ago, Brryan Jackson was infected with the HIV virus from his father.
The father didn’t want to pay child support and thought the virus would kill Jackson when he was just 11 months old.
“Anyone in my condition would die in three months they gave me five,” Jackson told KTVI-TV.
He developed AIDS at the age of 5, but has survived the disease into his 20s.
Now 22, Jackson said he is not angry and has forgiven his father.
“I think there is salvation for everyone, and I find myself praying for my father’s salvation,” Jackson said.
His Christian faith helped Jackson be at peace with his condition, he said, and he’s used his diagnosis to reach out to others.