Mar 1, 2019

Test and Treat - benefits of early HIV treatment

Aggrey, a recently enrolled client on ART.
Aggrey, a recently enrolled client on ART.

Aggrey, a man in his early forties and living with HIV only came to know his status in August of 2018 after he realized that he could no longer do any kind of work by himself due to excessive body weakness. He then decided to visit Alive Medical Services following the advice of his mother who is also a client at Alive Medical Services. Aggrey decided to start his journey by testing for Tuberculosis (TB) and later HIV/AIDS where both tests turned out positive.

“I wasn’t very shocked with the results and I knew that both could be dealt with. I had witnessed the care that my mother has been receiving over the years and how she was nursed back to health, so I knew that I would be okay,” Aggrey recounted. After receiving counselling from the counsellors, he immediately started off with his antiretroviral treatment.

The father of three recalls that he has never relapsed as far as coming back for treatment is concerned because of the care and love extended to him all the times he comes and not to mention the free services. He comes for his monthly check-ups since August 2018. Aggrey wears a smile as he explains the changes in his life from the time he was enrolled for treatment. For the six months, he has been receiving treatment, he has been able to get back to work and provide for his three children in order to put them through school. As a man in his early forties, he believes that he can see his children through school into adulthood and has no fear of them finding out about his status and plans on disclosing to them when they are older and can decipher this information better.

Clients like Aggrey are given hope to live more fulfilled and productive lives just like anyone else regardless of their status, mainly due to your unwavering support and donations extended to AMS. To reach more men like him, please follow the link below to donate.

Every bit counts in ensuring an HIV-free generation!

Aggrey picks his ART refill from AMS' pharmacy.
Aggrey picks his ART refill from AMS' pharmacy.

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Jan 29, 2019

Confronting HIV with Bold steps - Vivian's story

Vivian crowned the Miss Young Positives 2018/2019
Vivian crowned the Miss Young Positives 2018/2019

On Friday 23rd November 2018, Vivian Nabanoba was crowned Miss Y+ (Young HIV Positive) in the UNYPA (Uganda Network for Young People Living with HIV) Y+ Pageant at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

Vivian now 24 years of age lived a normal life, raised by her mother who managed to put her through school to attain an education through to higher learning at university. She also balanced school with her work at her mother’s restaurant. On a clear path to becoming successful in life, Vivian had nothing to worry about.

Vivian dated a young man for a long time and had always asked him to go and get themselves tested for HIV together, but all in vain. “If it wasn’t a football match it was always something else for him to not go,” Vivian shared.

“Two months down the road, I tested for HIV and turned out positive. It was the darkest day of my life. I did not know what to do, all I knew was that I was going to die a very painful death. All I pictured for my future was death and the things that I didn’t get the opportunity to do. I got on my knees and asked the doctor to check again. When I went home and saw my mum, I burst into tears and she instantly knew the results were not good,” Vivian painfully recalls.

The experience of stigma became a reality for Vivian when she found out that her then-boyfriend had let everyone at the university know of her HIV status. “Friends eluded me, no one spoke to me. I picked up some habits, I started to drink alcohol, going to bars all night, smoking cigarettes and subsequently stopped going to school but always lied to my mum that I was going.”

Fast forward, she meets another young man who really liked her, after one thing leading to the other, she gathered the courage to disclose to him about her HIV status. He agreed to get tested and recommended Alive Medical Services. “That was my introduction to AMS. The counsellors were nice and respectful and treated us with respect. I received an appointment, but I did not honour it but due to the good experience I had, I came back. I met a youth and children counsellor who introduced me to the Victors’ Club where I met young people who had the very same struggles that I had. They each had their own story and were happily living with them. I felt at home among them, and that was when I was initiated on antiretroviral treatment.” Vivian recalls.

Since then, Vivian went back to school to complete her degree, had her daughter who is HIV negative due to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT) and early infant diagnosis (EID) programmes here AMS.

I am grateful to Alive Medical Services and all I can say is thank you. I have learnt everything I know from here. This place has been home and will forever be home to me. I have developed a whole new meaning to life.

Vivian participates in peer-led activities at AMS
Vivian participates in peer-led activities at AMS
Vivian participates in a community dialogue at AMS
Vivian participates in a community dialogue at AMS

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Jan 28, 2019

Confronting HIV with Bold steps - Vivian's story

Vivian crowned the Miss Young Positives 2018/2019
Vivian crowned the Miss Young Positives 2018/2019

On Friday 23rd November 2018, Vivian Nabanoba was crowned Miss Y+ (Young HIV Positive) in the UNYPA (Uganda Network for Young People Living with HIV) Y+ Pageant at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel.

Vivian now 24 years of age lived a normal life, raised by her mother who managed to put her through school to attain an education through to higher learning at university. She also balanced school with her work at her mother’s restaurant. On a clear path to becoming successful in life, Vivian had nothing to worry about.

Vivian dated a young man for a long time and had always asked him to go and get themselves tested for HIV together, but all in vain. “If it wasn’t a football match it was always something else for him to not go,” Vivian shared.

“Two months down the road, I tested for HIV and turned out positive. It was the darkest day of my life. I did not know what to do, all I knew was that I was going to die a very painful death. All I pictured for my future was death and the things that I didn’t get the opportunity to do. I got on my knees and asked the doctor to check again. When I went home and saw my mum, I burst into tears and she instantly knew the results were not good,” Vivian painfully recalls.

The experience of stigma became a reality for Vivian when she found out that her then-boyfriend had let everyone at the university know of her HIV status. “Friends eluded me, no one spoke to me. I picked up some habits, I started to drink alcohol, going to bars all night, smoking cigarettes and subsequently stopped going to school but always lied to my mum that I was going.”

Fast forward, she meets another young man who really liked her, after one thing leading to the other, she gathered the courage to disclose to him about her HIV status. He agreed to get tested and recommended Alive Medical Services. “That was my introduction to AMS. The counsellors were nice and respectful and treated us with respect. I received an appointment, but I did not honour it but due to the good experience I had, I came back. I met a youth and children counsellor who introduced me to the Victors’ Club where I met young people who had the very same struggles that I had. They each had their own story and were happily living with them. I felt at home among them, and that was when I was initiated on antiretroviral treatment.” Vivian recalls.

Since then, Vivian went back to school to complete her degree, had her daughter who is HIV negative due to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (EMTCT) and early infant diagnosis (EID) programmes here AMS.

I am grateful to Alive Medical Services and all I can say is thank you. I have learnt everything I know from here. This place has been home and will forever be home to me. I have developed a whole new meaning to life.

Vivian participates in peer-led activities at AMS
Vivian participates in peer-led activities at AMS
Vivian participates in a community dialogue at AMS
Vivian participates in a community dialogue at AMS

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