Born HIV Free: ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  
Born HIV Free - hope for HIV-positive women

Born HIV Free - hope for HIV-positive women


4 years ago, Mulikat Odutayo was fighting to survive. She went to a clinic because of a cough which developed into tuberculosis, and at the same time discovered that she also had HIV. The tuberculosis was treated first and HIV treatment came next.

Mulikat decided to dedicate her life to helping people before and after having HIV tests. She's a volunteer at Lagos General Hospital which receives subsidies from the Global Fund for medication and equipment necessary for the tests.

The message of hope that she wants to pass on is that, even though women might carry the HIV virus, they can still have a full and satisfying life. And they can even become mums, like her.

Odutayo didn't let her condition prevent her from fulfilling the dream of becoming a mother. Once she finished her tuberculosis treatment, she told doctors that she would like to have a baby.

They advised her to wait until her health improved. When it did, she accessed a family planning program for women with HIV and thanks to the treatment, care and prevention of mother-child transmission, she managed to give birth to baby Mumbarak Aloko. He's a healthy baby and he doesn't carry HIV.

www.bornhivfree.org


Women in Focus Editor
06/02/2010
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