I had a chat with some colleagues last month and a few of them still found it hard believing AIDS exists or even if it does not in the proportions that is being reported especially in Nija and Africa. In my lifetime i have been acquainted with 5 cases of People 'living positively'. The first case was way back in Secondary school, she was a class mate and a fine girl, she had suitors everywhere, classmates, seniors, teachers et al. She died 5 years after being diagnosed in 1999 (her last 2 years was spent in confinement to her room). There were 2 cases in a church i used to attend (A couple, who both died,leaving 3 kids) and then a friend during my brief stint at Poly Ibadan. In her case she was gang Molested.
I was at the hospital last saturday and while having fun with the pharmacist, there came this beautiful daughter of eve, i actually admired her to the extent that i could not keep my eyes off her. she spoke hausa to the Pharmacist, picked up her drugs and left, i was about asking for her identity when the guy told me she was living positively and just picked up her anti retro viral drugs. she has been positive for 2 years. She looked no different from other babes you would see on the street, Campuses, Offices and everywhere. When i was about driving out, i saw her with some guy. probably an intending suitor.
I have been unable to keep her face out of my mind since then.
Ever known anyone living with HIV/AIDS? lets share experiences.