In 2019, Linda, began to receive her comprehensive HIV services from Alive Medical Services. By the time Linda came to Alive Medical Services, she was in a bad state physically and mentally. She was devasted but AMS loved her back to quality life and she came to express gratitude to the entire Alive Medical Services team and the donors who have enabled AMS to reach people living with HIV just like her. The 52-year-old is a grandmother of four children and lost her only child way back in 2013 leaving them under her care. Linda is no longer anxious about the future because she now knows she will live longer than she thought she would, as long as she adheres to the medical worker's health advice. She is currently self-employed and runs a small roadside fruit and vegetable stand where she can earn a living for the daily supplies for her family. "I follow the advice of the health professionals in taking my ARVS well, eating some fruits, vegetables etc." Linda enthusiastically shares. Linda is extremely grateful to the entire Alive Medical Services family and wants for it to grow and provide more access to people in remote communities because the pandemic is affecting the entire community. Linda encourages people living with HIV to take their medication as directed while we all wait for a cure, and she advises them to make the most of the resources available to them to live a happy and healthy life. She also urges the general public to stop stigmatizing and discriminating against HIV-positive people because no one knows what the future holds. "Learning that you are HIV-positive can be a shock at first, and it can elicit some difficult emotions. However, with the proper treatment, support, and care, you can take care of your health and live a long and fulfilling life. Having a positive mental attitude, which Alive Medical Services efficiently deliver, has significantly aided me in coming to terms with HIV. We're supposed to be available to everyone and this is the transformation we all need." Linda draws a close.
Just like any other teenager excited about going for a long vacation from high school, Nicole had no idea how this long vacation would turn out. "When I finished high school, I got interested in dating since I wasn't doing much at home during the holidays as it was a long vacation before I joined university. This got me in a sexual relationship with a boy.” Nicole explains During this long vacation, Nicole began dating a young man and she thought he was the love of her life! Out of curiosity and responsibility, Nicole suggested that they should go get themselves tested for HIV. Nicole and her boyfriend agreed to have their first HIV tests done, each separately. Her first results were negative for HIV, however, her boyfriend had tested positive but did not disclose his results to her. Because she loved him so much, she didn't demand to know his test results. After a while in their relationship, Nicole began falling sick frequently. Her mother was concerned and advised her to go and get tested for HIV since she knew about her relationship with her boyfriend. “I got tested 3 months ago,” Nicole said to her mother. She insisted and Nicole agreed to test one more time. This time she had the test secretly without telling her boyfriend, who had also stopped communicating with her. Nicole’s result was positive for HIV ! “I was devasted and at the end of the rope! I remembered he didn’t share his results with me and I thought he was just being shy, but now I understood he was not interested in revealing that it was positive. I went back home and told my mother about the results, and she just opened her arms without any form of judgment. Just like a mother, she advised me to start treatment immediately and directed me to Alive Medical Services, since she had her sister under their care.” Said Nicole. Ever since Nicole came to Alive Medical Services care in 2016, her life has been transformed indeed. She joined the Victors’ club, a group of young people led by the young people at Alive Medical Services whose mission is to build hope among young people living with HIV. Nicole’s dreams and ambitions were renewed for a bright future. She is currently a Youth and Adolescent Peer Supporter. Through the comprehensive services offered by Alive Medical Services, Nicole gained the confidence to contest in the Y+ beauty pageant 2021 where she was crowned as a Miss Y+ central region. She looks forward to using her story both at the national and international level to touch and change the lives of all young people irrespective of their HIV status.
"Thank you GlobalGiving and all donors for transforming my life!" a message from Nicole.
HOW LAURA AND HER BABY GOT HEALTHY AGAIN THROUGH GOOD INFORMATION AND QUALITY HIV SERVICES INCLUDING ANTI RETROVIRAL TREATMENT FROM ALIVE MEDICAL SERVICES
My name is Laura, I live in Kibuli, Uganda and I am a 47-year-old with 5 children. I joined Alive Medical Services in 2010 when I had just given birth. Before then, I got tested in Owino Market where I work and this is when I was receiving antenatal care. One of my colleagues, Susan, at the market got concerned about my wellbeing and asked me what was going on. I confided in her and shared that I was HIV positive but not on ARVS.
She just looked at me with a smile, and said “Laura nange ndi ku ddagala” meaning” Laura, I am also on treatment”!That statement changed my life! I realised that instead of thinking I am a victim, I could also resume ARVS and be well. I realised I have to take responsibility by facing HIV, understanding it, and dealing with it by taking the ARVS.
Susan advised me to come to Alive Medical Services (AMS) where she gets her treatment from and we have been taking ARVS from AMs and are health now.
Thank you, Alive Medical Services, for the love, care and support you give all of us. We are all treated equally. Every health worker I have come across treats us with love, patience, they respond to all our questions and consultations, and they work on us faster. I don’t usually take a lot of time when I am at AMS. My family and I are living happy and healthy lives. Thank you so much, may God bless you in wealth AMS. Thank you.”
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