My name is Jane. I am a hairdresser who lives in Ibanda district, southwestern Uganda. My husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. We have been together for seven years. We have a five-year-old son named Daniel and a six-week-old daughter we call Princess.
I found out that I was HIV-positive during an antenatal visit in 2006, when I was pregnant with Daniel. I was immediately put on medicine to treat the virus, and prevent the transmission of HIV to my unborn son.
After discovering my status, my husband was tested and found that he too was HIV-positive. He also takes medicine.
We feel well and healthy.
Thanks prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services, Daniel is HIV-negative. He is a happy, healthy boy.
I have come to the health center today to test my second baby, Princess. She is just six weeks old and I have hope that she too will be HIV-negative. I will not know her status until I receive the results of her test.
I am a member of the STAR-SW Family Support Group here at the hospital. In the group we learn so much and support one another emotionally, financially, and spiritually.