An HIV-positive mother’s testimony of love

Regardless of her status, Christine has given birth to 4 HIV-negative children

Currently aged 36, Christine came to Alive Medical Services when she was pregnant with her first child in 2009. She was very ill at the time and when she took the HIV-test and it turned out to be positive, she became disillusioned and asked the doctor to recommend an abortion.

Christine was not financially struggling but she was afraid of passing on the virus to her unborn child hence thinking of aborting it instead. The doctor then advised her against the idea and told her about the Alive Medical Services’ prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV programme which has developed into the elimination of mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) over the years.

Beauty!

She was astonished that there was a possibility of her giving birth to a negative baby so she got the will to try. As Christine shares today, she has given birth to four HIV-negative and healthy children and all of them were given birth to while under AMS’ EMTCT care and services. She attended at least 4 antenatal care visits, adhered to her medication, and made sure that after pregnancy, she would consistently bring her children for the early infant diagnosis (EID) services to make sure that their status remained negative.

“I am very glad that 8 years ago, Alive Medical Services renewed my hope in having an HIV-free generation,” Christine gleefully shares. She wishes that all women all over Uganda and the world would access such services for free so that HIV is eradicated for good. She also does her part by sensitizing pregnant women in her community to know their status so that they can save the lives of their unborn babies.

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A client at Alive Medical Services attends antenatal care where an ultrasound scan is carried out to monitor her unborn child