24-year-old Doreen Moraa is HIV positive and has been living with it since she was born .In an interview with E Daily,the motivational speaker,disclosed how she learnt of her status while still in primary school.
Well, the third born in a family of five was born of a HIV discordant couple - her mum is positive, while the dad is negative.
When I was aged 12 and a pupil in Standard Seven. During one of my many hospital visits, I overheard my mum talking with my doctor. All along, I was visiting the hospital, but I did not know what exactly was wrong with me.
I heard the doctor ask my mum: ‘When did you discover that she is HIV (Positive)?’'I did not even wait to hear my mum’s response. I was already confused. It found when we had already been introduced to HIV in class. So, our teacher made it sound like it was a death sentence. I was shocked to hear the doctor’s question directed at my mum. But after some time I thought to myself: maybe I heard the wrong thing. I thus brushed it off."
The following year, my mum went into coma. She was really sick. Actually, we had given up. We thought she was going to pass on. But then, she recovered. And after fully regaining her health, she took me to hospital, I got tested and the doctor disclosed to me my HIV status. He told me: ‘Doreen, you will have to take antiretroviral drugs for the rest of your life," narrates Moraa.
Moraa always encourage other people living with HIV and everyone saying, "HIV is not a death sentence and the cure to HIV doesn't lie in some laboratory in America, China, Korea or Britain."