Learning that you are HIV positive can be one of the most difficult experience you go through in life. You may feel scared, sad or even angry, but this is OK and a completely natural part of coping with something that can be life changing.
Living with HIV changes the way I look and think about life.
My husband was the one who got the call for us both to visit the Comprehensive Health Centre located in Kingston for our blood results, after such disclosure that we both HIV positive, we couldn’t anything else but to console each other. My husband did take responsibly of contracting the virus and passing it on to me unintentionally.
Due to the distance of the treatment site we got diagnose to the distance of our home town, we asked for a referral to a much closer site where we can access treatment.
After disclosing to my family which includes my father and two sisters, my father banned me from his house. My sister then spoke to him about the ways of HIV transmission so he came around to some extent behaviour wise but still insisted that the family must not use the same fork, spoon, cups and plate that I use.
Currently, my mother and my brother became aware of my husband and I status and they are more supportive, they encourage me to stick to my treatment and to do research about HIV treatments and side effects. Also my two younger sisters have been quite supportive, as from time to time they would remind us to take our medication.
In Jamaica we say “when it rains it pours” and in this instance it’s true. My second trauma comes when the doctor inform me that I have cancer cells in my ovaries. Also I am diabetic, hypertensive and only have one kidney.
I am thankful of my good support system as there are days when I broke down real bad and If I didn’t have the support of my family, my church family and health care family, I wouldn’t be alive today.
Ms. Jovial – JCW+ Participant