His father was called the 'worst kind of war criminal' and told he would burn in hell by the judge who sentenced him to life in prison.
But Brryan Jackson, from St Louis, said he forgives his dad for doing the unthinkable - injecting him with HIV-tainted blood when he was a baby just so he could avoid paying child support.
Despite being given months to live after the sickening incident, the virus has been undetectable in Brryan, now aged 22, for the last five years - something doctors have called nothing short of miraculous.
Unthinkable: Brryan was just 11-months-old and in hospital with asthma when his father Brian Stewart, pictured, injected him with HIV-tainted blood in the hope of killing him
In court Judge Ellsworth Cundiff said Stewart belonged in the same category as 'the worst war criminal' and added: 'I believe when God finally calls you, you are going to burn in hell from here to eternity'
'Anyone in my condition would die in three months, they gave me five,' Brryan told KPLR.
'I went from 23 pills to just one pill a day and now I'm undetectable, my T-cell count has been up, giving me zero per cent chance of passing on the virus.'
Father: Brian Stewart was convicted of first-degree assault and sentenced to life in prison
He was just 11-months-old in 1992 when Brian Stewart sentenced him to what doctors said was certain death by administering the lethal injection when he was on the brink of divorce with Brryan's mother.
Why? Because the blood transfusion specialist was concerned about child support payments.
With his son in hospital suffering from asthma, Stewart crept into his hospital room and plunged a needle with HIV-tainted blood into him.
As baby Brryan's giggles and smiles turned to lethargy and weeping, his family became concerned and took him to the doctors to be tested.
With all other results returning negative, doctors decided to test blindly for HIV and were shocked with the positive result it returned.
Bryyan developed full blown AIDS at the age of five and lost 70 per cent of his hearing due to all the medication he was taking - at one stage 23 oral pills, two IV bags, and three injections.
Doctors said he would not live past six - dying either from the highly toxic drugs or the disease.
Despite being convicted of first-degree assault and handed down a life sentence, Stewart could be free in a few years.
Growing up: Bryyan developed full blown AIDS at the age of five and lost 70 per cent of his hearing due to all the medication he was taking - at one stage 23 oral pills, two IV bags, and three injections
Talking about school he said: 'You can't drink from the water fountain, he has to bring his own water bottle ... you can only use one restroom and just different other things. I mean, I was left out of birthday parties
With Jeff Probst: Brryan spends his free time promoting education on HIV/AIDS in order to prevent the spread of HIV, disband myths and reduce negative stigma related to being HIV positive
'You can't drink from the water fountain, he has to bring his own water bottle ... you can only use one restroom and just different other things. I mean, I was left out of birthday parties,' he said.
He said that at one stage he contemplated suicide, telling KPLR: 'I had three knives in front of me and thought, why me? Why me? But I realized there is hope, and it’s not about what you have it’s what you can give.'
The 22-year-old credits his Christian faith for his positive attitude and his forgiving spirit, saying of his decision to forgive his father: 'I think there is salvation for everyone, and I find myself praying for his salvation.'
Brryan is still in college and is considering a career in church ministry or politics. He’s even thought about attending medical school.
He spends his free time promoting education on HIV/AIDS in order to prevent the spread of HIV, disband myths and reduce negative stigma related to being HIV positive.