So many mothers find themselves in the horrible position of wondering, wondering, wondering. They wonder if they are HIV+. They wonder if the baby in their belly is, as well. They aren't sure...they have an idea that their husband has been unfaithful and he doesn't look as well as he usually does, but what does that mean? Is he simply going through a bad patch in life or has he contracted the virus that puts fear in everyone's heart?
A mom wonders - what should I do? What is the best thing to do for myself and this tiny baby who is about to be born? And, if she decides that yes, she will take the test to determine her HIV status, she wonders how she'll pay for it. And, what happens if she IS positive? how will she pay for the medicine she will need? For the medicine the baby will need, if she, too, is positive?
We at AFCA give these moms options to help them have an easier time as they make this very brave and oftentimes, lonely, decision. First, they are encouraged to attend counseling with their spouse. If they do, and even if they don't, they are told that we can provide the tests for them for free. Yes, FREE testing for them and for their baby at birth. And, if they happen to be HIV+, they will receive the care they need in order to live a long, healthy life for many years to come. Counseling is, of course, part of the package, which moms everywhere appreciate beyond words.
Just last week we sent 25,000 HIV testing kits to Uganda, thanks to your donations. Isn't that wonderful? Tell you what - the women and children who received tests thing YOU are wonderful for caring enough to give them a chance and to give them a reason to decide that it is a good idea to get tested.
Thank you, folks. Please don't stop now...we want to continue providing tests and medicine for children and pregnant moms and we can only do that with your help.
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