I couldn’t believe my ears!
“You mean say you don go lab do HIV test?”
“When my sickness come dey serious and ee wan be like say I wan die, I come dey suspect say na the same sickness do my oga dat time. I tell am say he know wetin dey do me and he dey see say I dey die. Na dat time my oga come write XYZ test for paper. He come send me go lab. When result come say I dey positive, he come carry me go the General Hospital whey dem dey treat am”
“The tin whey pain me pass be say when him sick dat first time. I follow am go hospital go do the test. You no beleef say when dem wan tell him the result, dem say make I comot. I ask dem why dem no wan tell me, I tell dem say I be him, wfie, Dem no answer me. And my oga no tell me. That man wicked!”
Tears welled up in my eyes…
“So you don dey take the medicine?” I asked
“Yes o. As I come start na that time I come dey get mysef”
Every now and then she comes to the Pharmacy for her refills and BP check. She is doing much better now.
But I can’t help thinking she would have avoided getting HIV if I had broken this confidentiality rule
My Pharmacy is now an out-patient center for people living with HIV.
One of the things we do when they come for their refills is to fill a questionnaire.
One question there says “Does your partner know your HIV status?”
I am so concerned about the many NO responses
Another question says, “Do you use a condom during every encounter?”
You can guess what the response is!
They say the goal is to achieve ZERO new cases.
Can this really happen?
Just thinking aloud.
I remain Aunty Pharmacist!