Very important message. Joie writes in Nigeria, but many of the themes she raises are true of teenage girls here in Canada too. It really should not be an awkward request to ask your partner to get tested…it shouldn’t be difficult for you to know your status either.
I particularly find the article hyperlinked to be a very important one to share>>http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5039729
It is amazing how sex is a relatively taboo topic among PLWHA ( or at least seems to be). Considering that a majority of us acquired the disease through sexual intercourse one would only hope that there would be a little less mental restriction on the subject, but in Nigeria? No way! Even pregnant women are expected to act like virgins here.
Sex is a very important part of the lives of people in this country, both those living with HIV/AIDS and those who are not. It is because of sex that many people refuse to either disclose their status or just refuse to get tested. Naturally, the other peripheral issues pop up like ‘can the illness be treated‘ , ‘will I die from it‘, etc,which are generally already answered by treatment and care, but the main question ‘will I be able to maintain my…
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