Stories and messages on HIV/AIDS
for Radio Upper West
Ik ben begonnen met het schrijven
van patiëntenportretten voor Radio Upper West,
die de presentator gebruikt om dat wat zich achter gesloten
lemen muren afspeelt naar buiten te brengen. Hieronder
volgen de eerste portretten.
(All the names are changed)
1. In a small town close to Wa
lives Moses. Moses is a 29 years old teacher and the
son of a well-respected family. One day, he met a very
beautiful and friendly girl in the church. Her name
is Margaret and she 26 is years old. She is working
as a dressmaker and for that reason she moved to the
same town. Also Margaret is a daughter of a well-respected
family in her village. Both loved each other and they
decided to get married. The wedding was announced in
the church and the bride price has been paid. Everybody
was very happy.
2. Shortly before the wedding
day, Moses felt sick. He went to the hospital for blood
testing. After the analysis the doctor called him and
told him that he tested HIV positive. Moses was shocked
and he did not know what to do. He asked himself so
many questions. Should the wedding take place? Who should
I inform? And how will my family react?
3. Moses decided to keep it as
a secret. The wedding took place and after 6 months
Margaret got pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful
baby boy called Thomas.
4. Moses felt sick again. He
went to the hospital and the counsellor advised Moses
to inform his wife or somebody who is close to him.
And although Moses was afraid for their reactions, he
decided to disclose.
5. First he informed his senior
brother John, and Moses was very surprised about his
his brother was feeling very sorry for
him and promised to help him as much as possible. Together
with John they informed Magaret. Margaret was shocked,
she cried for a long time, but she promised to stay
6. Now five years later..Moses
and Margaret are still together. Moses is getting weaker,
but his family is taking good care of him. Margaret
is still strong, but unfortunately tested also HIV positive.
She is glad to know her status, so she knows how to
take care of herself. Unfortunately
they lost their
7. Moses has a message for everybody:HIV
is here in the Upper West Region, It can be me, It could
be you and It could be everybody. Be proud of your life,
abstain, be faithful or use a condom.
And as a community or a society, open your heart for
your brothers and sisters who are HIV positive and fight
the fight against this sickness together.