“You Feel Safe When You Know Your HIV Status” – I Am Negative, What About You? — Young Endy Writes

Few Weeks go I was admitted at Franca Memorial Hospital in Ogbum-Nu-Abali, Not knowing the cause of my ill healt, I accepted every treatment admisterd by the health officials.

3 day later I was discharged after series of blood test and scan, knowing what was wrong with me, Dr. Obi adviced that I go to a Government Hospital So doctors who specialize in my kind of illness can properly exermine me.

On that faithful Monday money, I borded a cap to BMH Where I was referred to, but knowing how difficult it is seen a doctor in a Government hospital, I administered the “Who You Know” Policy.

In few minutes I had secured my folder after making every necessary payment, as I walked towards that canopy outside the general clinic, a nurse handed a form to me, “they will call you soon for the HIV Test” she said to me.
Even though the test is free and felt normal to me, I had little doubts in mind with regards to my status, considering that fact that I have lost so much weight within weeks, I decided that it’s best I knew my status. 

In less than 5 minuets, That beautiful nurse mentioned my name and asked me to come inside. I will skeep the questions she asked me before and after the test, Coz they where so funny, but the real issue was the fact that my result came out Negative.

You can imagine how relaxed my mind was knowing my status, but sad enough many of you have bluntly refused to undergo this process as I witnessed a man walk out of the nurse, refusing to get tested.

Come 1st-December 2018,We will be marking the World Aids Day.  This year’s theme for World AIDS Day, which will be marking its 30th anniversary is “Know your status”.

Significant progress has been made in the AIDS response since 1988, and today three in four people living with HIV know their status. But we still have miles to go, as the latest UNAIDS report shows, and that includes reaching people living with HIV who do not know their status and ensuring that they are linked to quality care and prevention services.

HIV testing is essential for expanding treatment and ensuring that all people living with HIV can lead healthy and productive lives. It is also crucial to achieving the 90–90–90 targets and empowering people to make choices about HIV prevention so they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

Unfortunately, many barriers to HIV testing remain. Stigma and discrimination still deters people from taking an HIV test. Access to confidential HIV testing is still an issue of concern. Many people still only get tested after becoming ill and symptomatic.

The good news is that there are many new ways of expanding access to HIV testing. Self-testing, community-based testing and multidisease testing are all helping people to know their HIV status.

HIV testing programmes must be expanded. For this, we need political will and investment, as well as novel and innovative approaches to HIV testing that are fully leveraged and taken to scale.

Join the Campaign #WorldAIDSDay in raising awareness about the importance of knowing one’s status and calling for the removal of all barriers to accessing HIV testing.

My Name Is Young Endy, I am a Port Harcourt Based Media Practitioner and I know my HIV Status, Do You?

This Post Is Sponsored By: Durex Condoms With Support  From Kaywood Brown Foundation. #AidsIsReal “Know Your Status”.


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