His dad injected him with HIV 24 years ago — here’s how he’s doing

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Brryan Jackson during an interview with KTVI in 2013.

ST. LOUIS — Brryan Jackson was only 10 months old when his father injected him with HIV-positive blood — and now, burdened with health challenges at age 25, Jackson is not only surviving but seeing the positive.

“Man, either I could be sitting around being so mad at the situation, or I can sit around and have fun with it,” he tells GQ. “Life’s about having fun, having adventures.”

Jackson’s life hardly seemed that way when his father, St. Louis hospital technician Brian Stewart, got life in prison in 1998 for maliciously injecting his son with tainted blood that led to full-blown AIDS.

He didn’t want to pay child support to the boy’s mom, girlfriend Jennifer Stewart, when they broke up.

“You won’t need to look me up for child support … because your son is not going to live that long,” he told her, per court documents.

The judge’s ruling was harsh (“You are going to burn in hell from here to eternity”), but young Jackson — who went through years of grueling recovery, suffered 80% hearing loss, and still takes a daily pill—doesn’t seem angry.

“I think there is salvation for everyone, and I find myself praying for my father’s salvation,” he told KTVI in 2013.

The Missouri resident became an AIDS activist and, despite his slight speech impediment, a public speaker. He also dreams of being a dad, but for now helps his mom raise six children.

As for his own dad, Missouri inmate No. 1018559, Brryan hasn’t reached out.

“I don’t really feel anything about him,” Jackson said. “I don’t know what he thinks or what he does, but since I’ve forgiven him, that’s all I can do. Just live my life and show him what I’m made of.”

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This article originally appeared on Newser: His Dad Injected Him With HIV 24 Years Ago. Here's How He's Doing

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