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Amaka - on treatment and never sick

Young African woman
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Hello, Good Afternoon. I am Amaka from Uganda. I was in a relationship with my boyfriend of three years and I found out that he was cheating on me the whole time, and had fathered three kids outside of our relationship. In 2013, I got pregnant with his baby and that is when I discovered I had contracted HIV. I kept my pregnancy and I followed my doctor’s advice and gave birth to an HIV- negative baby boy in 2014.

I am happy for the choices that I made and I thank God for giving me a healthy and a wonderful baby. I am practicing safe sex with my current boyfriend and all I can say is that do not be scared – HIV is not a death sentence. You can live a longer healthy life if you adhere to your medication – I have never fallen sick since then.

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Last updated: 26 September 2019