Living with HIV

HIV? Me? No, I am married! (20) “Your wife has HIV.” I said, my eyes fixed on Dike’s face. “What! HIV!You cant be serious!” Dike jumped up from his seat. For a moment I thought he was going to smack my face. Frightened, I quickly got on my feet. From the corner of my eye,Continue reading “Living with HIV”

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! (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)”

Celebrating the Sexual Wellbeing Network (SWB) community!

We welcome the 1000th member of the SWB community. You are what the blog is about. You make it all worthwhile! As a way to celebrate, we are featuring the comments of the SWB community on different topics featured on this blog. No one knows it all. Your input helps the whole community learn andContinue reading “Celebrating the Sexual Wellbeing Network (SWB) community!”

HIV? Me? No, I’m married! (5)

I smiled encouragingly at Mma as she sat facing me. She had come back as planned and I was glad to see she was still looking well-groomed. Her braided hair was lovely and held off her face with a lemon green hairpin. She even had some lipstick on. “How have you been since last time?”Continue reading “HIV? Me? No, I’m married! (5)”

How do I protect my teenage child from HIV?

Your teenager knows about Twilight, The Hunger Games, Big Bang Theory and ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!’ But do they know this: MORE THAN 10% OF THOSE NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH HIV IN THE UK ARE UNDER 25. Of those newly diagnosed with HIV in UK, over 10% were under 25 years. DoContinue reading “How do I protect my teenage child from HIV?”

HIV? Me? No, I’ married! (4)

It was five weeks later when Dike turned up at the surgery. If you haven’t met Dike and his family please meet them  here and here “Nice to see you again,” I smiled as I ushered him into the consulting room. “How can I help you?” I asked after we sat down. “Well, I thought aboutContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I’ married! (4)”

HIV? Me? No, I am married!

Mma looked at me her eyes filled with tears. She was so overcome with emotion that she could hardly speak. I had to look down as I felt my own tears gathering behind my eyelids. I must remain professional. I must not get drawn in. “Doctor, are you sure? Are you sure this is myContinue reading “HIV? Me? No, I am married!”