The story of Cecilia, Beneficiary of Mansa
Finding out that you are infected with HIV is usually overwhelming. Everyone will react differently for Cecilia the reaction was shock and disbelief. After the initial shock, she went through a stage of denial.
"The stress from finding out you have HIV as well as from having to make big changes in your life can lead to physical problems such as headaches, upset stomach, irritability and difficulty concentrating like what I went through," narrates Cecilia.
"It was until I went back to my counselor who started to visit me at home I was because I did not know how to disclose to my family member and being a single mother how to bring up the child. The counselor was so wonderful as he had the experience on how PMTCT has worked for him and helped through until I was put on the ARVs the medication that can prolong my life and see my child grow."
Knowing more about HIV may help patients remember to take their medications.
When working with patients, Mansa asks if they have any questions and encourages them to ask questions when they are with other members of the clinical team as well.
This sort of community outreach and support is how the transmission of HIV is reduced. Education, support, and healthcare, a holisitc approach that works.
Your gifts have helped us to reduce the transmission of HIV. Twenty-five gifts so far have totaled $1,410! We thank you with great appreciation and want you to know how critical your donations are to improving the lives of thousands of women and children.
The work of Mansa Network of People Living with AIDS continues, and we hope your support lasts. Please help us raise the additional $48,590 needed to reach our total Funding Goal of $50,000.