UNICEF has it on record that close to 510,000 young people were infected with HIV/AIDS in the year 2018.
A young female through an interview with JoyNews shared how she was infected with HIV/AIDS by a man who claimed to be in love with her.
The 20 year old female recounts how she had to sell indomie at night in order to raise enough money to write her NOV/DEC after the WASSCE results were released. Unfortunately, she trailed in two papers and has no financial assistance anywhere to continue her education.
During her night business eras, she claimed to have been approached by one Kojo who offered to help her after she explained her ordeal to him. But, he was quick to add that he would offer that help at a price. The price was for her to be the man’s consensual sexual partner in exchange for her monetary gains.
She admitted that the first time she visited this mysterious lover, they had several rounds of unprotected sexual gratifications before she left to her house.
However, luck eluded her when she felt severely ill after some months of this sexual encounter with the man. She went to the hospital frequently for diagnosis but had no clue that she had been infected with the HIV virus.
She became alarmed one day and “googled” her symptoms only to be privy to the fact that she had been infected. She went to another hospital for an HIV test and her greatest fear was affirmed.
Akosua (not her real name), shed tears during the interview session and hoped for death instead of this deadly virus in her blood stream.
She is reportedly one of the 335,000 Ghanaians living with HIV/AIDS per the reported cases known by the Ghana AIDS Commission.
The Ghana AIDS Commission had recently shown concern about the startling rate at which the youths in the country are contracting this deadly virus.
The question that begs for answers is this: is HIV/AIDS a death sentence?
By Christopher A. Asante