HIV positive and in denial


“In 2003 my sister fell pregnant. She was five months pregnant when she went to a clinic for a check-up. After her blood was tested for HIV, the results showed that she was HIV positive. She didn’t go for another test after that. Now her little boy is starting to lose a lot of weight. Could they both be positive? What can we do to convince her to go for further testing and to take care of herself? My mother begs her to go to the clinic and every time she gives excuses that she does not have time to go to the clinic. What about her life? What can we do to convince her? – Anonymous, Alrode

Hi Anonymous

I am so sorry to hear about your sister. This must be very hard for you and your mother. The little boy could also be positive and it would be a good idea for your sister to visit the clinic again. She is very fortunate to have family that cares about her and stands by her in difficult times.

On the other hand, it must be difficult for her to come to terms with this. She really needs professional help for her and her son to come right with this problem. I suggest that you go to your local clinic and tell them about her and the boy and they will take it from there. They are very helpful with these matters. There are also voluntary health workers who specifically deal with cases like your sister’s. You can also call the Aids information hotline on 011 725 6710 for help and advice. I wish you all the best.

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