Idowu Kayode had lost six pregnancies. Each time a miscarriage occurred, it was usually with a lot of blood loss. She recalls that in 2002 when she discovered her HIV positive status, she had given up on life. Her husband took her to several hospitals, clinics, churches and prayer houses.
These women are happy not because they no longer live with HIV but because they see concrete reason to be euphoric – the HIV in their blood stream have become successfully suppressed so much so that the virus in every one of them is now undetectable.
One of the worries Caroline Udoh has had since she commenced anti-retroviral treatment in 2007 is her transportation cost of ₦300 or more to the hospital for drug pick-up every two months.
In 2005, Christopher Leo was very sick with severe arthritis and on admission at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada. His situation was so pathetic because his wife died of AIDS leaving behind two children to care for. When his case seemed not to be improving, his family members planned to take him home because they believed that he would not make it. They reasoned that he would die just as his wife died.
In 2006, Sa’adatu Mohammed would have been buried and gone forever – a grave was already prepared for her remains. Sa’aadatu, who had been critically sick, passed out momentarily. When her family members were contemplating where to bury her, her mother, who held her sorrowfully heard her heart tick and shouted aloud, “she is alive, she is alive!”