HIV? Me? No, I am married (18)

“Doctor, please tell my husband what is going on.” Nma put her hands together under her chin and sighed. I stared back at her confused for a moment. Could it be that she hadn’t told him her status? Was she seriously expecting me to do this? First her daughter, now her husband. How many moreContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married (18)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married! (17)

“Yes, that’s wise. It will be good if you all get tested and we can arrange that for you.” ”Meanwhile if someone has a bloodborne virus like HIV, it is good medical practice to check for other bloodborne viruses like hepatitis as these can sometimes go together because they can be passed on in similarContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married! (17)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married! (16)

I stood up when he did, our eyes clashing. For once I was grateful for my height because he was really tall and imposing. I wasn’t going to be intimidated, however. “Please do the right thing. Tell her your status so she can get tested’.” He maintained his defiant stance for a moment. “And ifContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married! (16)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married! (15)

Dike looked up finally. “I couldn’t tell her. She will be furious to learn I have been with other women.” ”We are talking about a serious infection, Dike. If she doesn’t get tested, she cannot benefit from treatment if she needs it. If she is tested and she is negative, then she can protect herselfContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married! (15)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married! (14)

”No you can’t get HIV from hugging someone. There has to be blood or body fluid contact.” Nma had backed away from her daughter’s hug. ”I don’t want Aka to catch it,” she muttered. ”HIV is a blood-borne virus. It’s passed on through blood transfusions, sex, using contaminated needles and things like that.” ”We haveContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married! (14)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married! (13)

  “It’s okay,” I hurried to reassure her. ”Noooo,” she screamed. ”Mum, tell me that’s not true.” ”Its true.” ”How could that be?” Aka asked at us both, bewildered, ”….does it mean…Daddy?” She stopped in confusion. ”I really don’t know,” Nma answered her unspoken question. ”What’s going to happen now?” Aka started crying. ”I knowContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married! (13)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married! (11)

Dike returned for his blood test result a week later. He’d called the receptionist for his result but, due to our surgery policy, this could not be given over the phone and he had been asked to make an appointment to see a doctor. Click here for information on the Afrocarribean Health Event this spring. ClickContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married! (11)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married! (10)

Nma came with her daughter Aka to see me a few days later. I was surprised as I thought she might be coming with Dike as mentioned at the last meeting. I had no idea if she had told her daughter about her diagnosis. As usual she looked immaculate and so did her daughter. ”Hello,Continue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married! (10)”

Female Condoms: Greatest Invention since sliced bread?

An article on the BBC News website yesterday caught my eye. It was titled ”The return of the Female Condom.” Some interesting pictures of female condoms on the site have been included here. I can feel some of our ladies cringing at the look of these objects 😀 They don’t look very sexy, these objects.Continue reading “Female Condoms: Greatest Invention since sliced bread?”