“We are offering all newly registered patients the chance to have the test.”
“But why?” he asked again, suspiciously.
“It is regarded as good medical practice to do this. People who have HIV or Hepatitis may not show any signs until the disease is very advanced. If any of the tests are positive, then the person can benefit from treatment and specialist support much earlier on.”
“I don’t want to do any test,” he replied, “I know its because I am Black that you want to do the test. They are always targeting us. They are all racists.”
I was speechless for a moment at his outburst.
That’s not the case,” I hurried to reassure him, “HIV is prevalent in Africa…”
“You see, that’s why you want to do it…because I am from Africa,” he cut me short. He picked up his car keys from the table and stood to leave.