Good Practices - Page 4
Let’s not be afraid to get tested for HIV.
I am a form one student at Uweleni Secondary School in Mkoani in Pemba. My father is living with HIV. My mother and I have never shunned my father because he is HIV positive. We live a good and normal life with him, just like other families.
My father has been a businessman for 15 year, buying different foods from Tanga and transporting them to Pemba for selling.
There was a time my father developed the habit of spending some night out of our home, for disappeared for three consecutive days.
Shortly after, my mother got the courage to ask my father why he was spending some rights out of his own home. He replied that he was sick, suffering from malaria, back and chest pains. My mother suggested d that he should go to hospital for a thorough medical examination.
My father agreed and they went to the hospital together. The result from the examination confirmed that my father was HIV positive.
After an HIV counselor in our community called Babu Lao, who is also living with HIV, came to our home and counseled, my father’s condition began to take ARVs, which he got from hospital in Chake Chake in Pemba. Today his health has improved a lot and we thank God for it.
Unfortunately, one of our relatives used to insolate my father because he was HIV positive and he even stopped visiting us. After being educated about HIV transmission and prevention, he changed his behavior.
Now our family and relatives all live together happily with my father. We take care good care of my father, because we love him and value him.
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