Fighting Pediatric AIDS in Uganda - Testing Positive for HIV
The fourth blog in our “Fighting Pediatric AIDS in Uganda” series shares the experience of Musa and Sawua, a couple that received HIV-positive test results from Rugazi Health Centre in southwestern Uganda. Read about the steps they took after learning their HIV-positive status, and their plans for healthy living in the future.
October 11, 2011
We walked 17 miles from our homestead to come to the clinic and receive rapid HIV testing. The results for both of us were positive. We are not surprised because we have not been feeling well lately. That is why we have come.
It’s not great to discover that you are HIV-positive, but we find comfort in knowing that we are not the only people who are living with HIV. There are other people in our village who are HIV-positive. They are the ones that urged us to come today.
Musa and Sawua meet with a health counselor at Rugazi Health Centre. (Photo: James Pursey)
The health workers at Rugazi Health Centre took really good care of us. Before we were tested, they counseled us, something we think was very important. Had we not been counseled, learning of our positive test results would have been much more devastating.
After learning the results of our tests, the counselors left us for a few minutes to let the news sink in. Upset, we wanted to run away, but the health workers made us stay and talked to us about how to take care of ourselves. They showed us that having HIV is not the end of the world and explained how we could move forward, caring for ourselves and staying healthy.
Musa and Sawua. (Photo: James Pursey)
We have three children – ages six, four, and two – and we are going to bring them in for HIV testing immediately. We will return in six months for more testing and counseling to ensure we are getting the appropriate treatment for the virus.
We are also planning to join a good support group that meets at the clinic. It is nice to know that there are others like us. Together, we can talk openly, learn from more experienced people, and make new friends. One day, it will be us helping other people.
- Musa and Sawua
Click here to read the previous post in the "Fighting AIDS in Uganda" blog series.
Sanyu Nkiinzi is a Communications and Outreach Officer for the Foundation, based in Uganda.