Julius Shares his story
My name is Julius Mazima and I am a client at Alive Medical Services. In 2006, I lost a friend to HIV. I then started wondering about my status considering that I had most of the physical signs and symptoms that my friend had. I had a bad rash all over my body and started feeling sick, and concluded that my fate would be the same as my friend’s. I became so malnourished that I became paralyzed on the left side of my body and thus, I was forced to quit my job as a carpenter. I could no longer afford life in Kampala and therefore went back to my village in Jinja with my family. I thought that at least my extended family would help support my wife and children after I had died.
While in my village home, I heard about AMS from a client who was travelling all the way from Jinja to Kampala every six months to get a medicine refill. She described the services she received from AMS; free medication, care and treatment for other infections, food, water purification supplies and economic growth among many more. I had nothing to lose by trying so in 2008, I used some of my limited savings and came to get tested.
When I reached the clinic, I was treated with a lot of care, love, and I was given hope to live a happy and healthy life just as I had been told by the lady who referred me from Jinja. I started adhere to my medication right away, I got on the food program and I gained my weight and health back. I am now almost 100% functional on my left-hand side, and I continue to exercise it to be able to return to work as a carpenter some day in the future.
“AMS really helped me during a time when I felt like I was going to die. Long live AMS! continue saving more lives”