Living positively with HIV

Aless is 36 years old, married with seven children. She is also HIV positive. Aless is responsible for taking care of the family and home. She and her husband usually buy and sell bananas to provide basic food and necessities for the family. Aless has been attending one of Temwa’s Mobile Voluntary Counselling and Testing (MVCT) projects for eight years. She and her husband Sailess are involved as support group members of Chanjano group, established in 2007.

When Aless was diagnosed with HIV, her life changed completely. She had no idea or understanding about HIV/AIDs except believing that it was the end of her life. This made her and her family feel stressed and constantly in fear. Aless started to become weaker and was often sick. Meaning she was unable to work and couldn’t provide her family with food. The family felt unable to disclose their status to relatives and close friends for fear of discrimination.

Aless wanted to be involved in the MVCT because she wanted to be part of a group who are able to share familiar problems openly. Alongside the aim of learning to live a healthier and happier life.

With the Antiretroviral medication and therapy conducted at the support group, Aless now feels healthy and strong, living a happy life with the entire family.

Aless wanted to share this with Temwa;

“I WOULD RECOMMEND THE MVCT TO OUR FRIENDS BECAUSE WE CAN LEARN A LOT FROM ONE ANOTHER AND HOW TO MANAGE THE SAME PROBLEMS IN A COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT.

I REALLY APPRECIATE TEMWA FOR SAVING OUR LIVES WHICH WERE IN DANGER DUE TO THE MISCONCEPTIONS ON HIV WE HAD BEFORE. BUT NOW I AM BACK TO MY NORMAL LIFE, ABLE TO DO WHATEVER A HUMAN BEING CAN DO.

SOMETIMES I EVEN FORGET THAT I AM HIV POSITIVE. I CAN NOW SPEAK OUT TO MY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES, EDUCATING THEM ON HIV-RELATED ISSUES TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE AND SUPPORT PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV”

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