Sarah is a 30-year old woman who came in contact with Mashiah Foundation Clinic in 2004. She is married with children and has been jobless for a long time. She was tested HIV positive in the same year but as at that time, her husband tested HIV negative. After much interaction and counseling with her husband, he agreed to participate in voluntary counseling and testing, and he was then found to be HIV positive. It was a very difficult time for the family; the husband lost his job, the wife came down with Hepatitis B and developed complications of liver cirrhosis. She is currently on hospital admission because of liver failure and the condition is deteriorating by the day. We’re indeed hoping she will make it through. Not just for this family do we hope, but for as many who are going through similar situations.
Mrs. John was a young graduate of one of Nigeria’s First Generation Universities. She was tested positive for HIV, during her compulsory one year of service to the nation. There were no free antiretroviral drugs then so she resorted to buying these drugs which cost an exorbitant amount of money. Later, a friend introduced her to a spiritual healer who subjected her to a series of praying and fasting, assuring her of faith healing and the need to stop the antiretroviral drugs. As this continued, she gradually developed drug resistance and irreversible organ damage which necessitated her hospitalization. She commenced taking drugs again but the situation has not in any way improved. She’s presently bedridden.