Archie had no one to talk to about her plight after her HIV-positive husband revealed his secret to her. 'I haven't told my parents. There was no one with whom I could share my pain,' says the mother and former trading clerk. 'I tried telling my best friend that I had HIV, but she didn't believe me. She thought HIV patients must be very ugly.' Every day she hid at home, alone, with fear and disbelief that this had happened to her. 'I kept asking: Why me? I was so worried that my daughter, then six months old, would get infected. I felt no hope and I wanted to die with my baby,' she says. But hope came in the form of a nurse - 'May' - from the Society For Aids Care who came to visit her. May is a former public hospice nurse who switched jobs when she saw that HIV patients were desperate for help. 'At first, I didn't like her and found her annoying,' Archie recalls of her initial meetings with May. May recalls a very depressed mother: 'When I saw her, there was no smile on her face. She was always crying, holding the baby in her arms.' But the nurse did not give up and kept visiting every day. Soon the ice was broken. 'She is my best friend,' Archie says with a broad smile, putting her arm around May in the society's office. May's help and the chance to share her experiences with other HIV-positive mothers has given Archie courage to live. 'Before I couldn't see a future; now my life is much better and I am positive,' she said. 'I have made many friends here. They are all kind and being with them, I forget all unhappiness. 'The group has helped me see hope and I want to help myself.' Archie has even become one of the group's patient volunteers who go to visit other patients. 'I went to visit a family and saw a whole family infected - parents and children. I felt so sorry for them and comforted them. Compared with them, my problem is nothing.' Her child, who is now five, has been tested and found not to be infected. 'I am so happy she is clear,' Archie says, as cheerfully as if she had won the Mark Six.'