A Young Graduate

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.

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