THE JOURNEY SO FAR-HIV/AIDS
This is not supposed to be a lecture on how it evolved. In case you do not know, AIDS has come to stay but the fight is still on. Even if the cure is discovered, it is just a step towards eradicating it.
Why does this bother me so much?
I promise not to make it seem so bad even if it is.
So many organisations have records of supports to nations and have a great promise of sustainability. Check the news in the health sector; you would get the records of lives that have given up to this demon. So many destinies have been truncated, due to the menace the virus has caused.
I have heard laughter turned tears. Some say it’s a death warrant and to some they have found the courage to turn a new live. To those affected, it is a blessing in disguise. Some chose to stay alive while they battle the pains of being on medication for as many years as possible.
Some have resigned to fate. You are either infected or affected.
While there are efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, individual attitudes towards living a healthy lifestyle is not encouraging.
We all have dreams no matter how insignificant or irrelevant they might be to our colleagues.
As applaud is enough to keep us going on our paths to greatness, so is this virus enough to take away hopes and dreams.
Let me remind you that it has no respect for your age neither who you are. When an individual has a reason to get to know his/her status, the fear of the outcome is enough to give heart attacks.
Many find it easier to ignore a problem and hope that it disappears rather than seek knowledge on how to live their dreams even if they live with the virus.
So if you ask me, I would say asking for help and getting tested many save not only your dreams but also your life and your generation to come. Let us give what is the liability the responsibility.
Silence and ignorance exacerbates the problem, let us face the truth!
Olaitan Taiwo is a graduate of Economics from the University of Ibadan. She is a Make-up Artist who loves writing and currently an Editor for The Unity Magazine. She is an individual who believes in independence and advocates for girl child education. She is a creative lady who sees possibilities in difficulties. She is a listener focused on sharing her experiences to help young girls who are faced with life challenges. She is the brain behind the girlfriend’s club, a platform towards the outstanding performance of the girl child. She is also into the HIV/AIDS awareness and education.