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Board Member Testimony

My whole family was tested on HIV in 2007. It turned out that I’m the only one who’s HIV positive. The only thing that came to my mind those days was to commit suicide, as I didn’t know how else to cope with the situation. But because of my siblings, I had to continue living. I decided to hide my HIV status from society. When people around me discovered that I’m HIV positive, to my surprise, they just took it like any other illness.
Today I’m happy and healthy; I started taking medication a few days after my diagnosis and I’m still following the doctor’s advice to take drugs regularly. Now I’m cool with my neighbors, friends and leaders. RRP+ is supporting me psychologically, financially and they are giving me training about HIV. So, let us unite our forces and fight against new infection of HIV in our societies.
Jean Jacques
I’m NZAMUKOSHA Marceline, I’ m 37 years old, I live in RUTSIRO District.

Before 1999, we lived a happily and lovely life with my husband but it didn’t long because in 1999 I thought I had a nightmare after being diagnosed and revealed that I’m HIV Positive; in a few months also my husband left me behind pregnant. Then my family members started to accuse me the death of my husband and started to violate my right on our assets which made me to enter in the courts in order to claim for my right. After my child reach to this earth I begun to think about our future; I decide to enter in an association to the support of my friends.
In 2003,our association became a member of RRP+ which became an opportunity for me to have training in different area related to HIV and also it encourages me to fell free for testifying in front of others that I’m HIV positive and share with the my experiences of living healthy with HIV. Therefore allow me to take this opportunity to ask the people who are infected and not; to think about this three things abstinence, fidelity and condom; please take them into consideration where is necessary; take your medicaments properly and follow the doctors’ advises; tomorrow will bring a better day.

Marcelline
I live in Kicukuro district, Gahanga sector. I was diagnosed HIV+ in 2002 and I’m one of the founder members of RRP+
I spent one year in the hospital without knowing the reason why I was ill. When I learnt I’m HIV positive it was hard for me to understand it. But later on I took it easy. Those days I was head of the family so they had to accept my illness. Nowadays medicines for treating HIV were very expensive that’s why the government took the initiative of taking care of me. The problem we face is that there is still stigmatization and discrimination especially in some churches.
HABINSHUTI Emile
I decided to get an HIV test in 2003 when I found out my re-married pregnant wife was diagnosed HIV positive. When the doctor said that I’m HIV positive too, I felt so much pity for myself. As I didn’t show any symptoms of HIV, I thought the best option for me was to hide my illness. As I thought I wouldn’t live long anyway, I stopped working as a teacher and I started drinking and gambling a lot. Meanwhile I became very sick and I started taking HIV medication. This was the turning point in my life; after my recovery I decided no longer to hide my status. I started teaching again and I joined an association of people living with HIV where I started testifying in front of others.
The more I pushed surviving the more support I got. In 2006 I joined RRP+, who helped me a lot with psychological counseling, financial support and by bringing me in contact with others like me. Anytime you find yourself HIV positive don’t be shy because there many people out there that can help you and show you a better way to live; let us all make sure not to spread HIV among the people.
Ildephonse
I’m a teacher at Gisagara district, Mukindo Sector. I was tested in 2008 and I knew that I’m HIV + with-in the same year. My husband was tested after me and received the same result as mine. It was hard to believe but at the same time it was not a new story to him to be affected since he had another child from another mother. He died because he refused to take medicine. Our children were still young and they grew up knowing both parents are HIV+.
I got to know RRP+ after joining an association of PLHIV. RRP+ helped me to meet people of the same situation, for counselling each other and showing that we are like others. We don’t have to worry as we can work as well as or even better than people without HIV.
What I can say about RRP+? No RRP+, no life because they help us to get medicines in the nearest health facility without any problems and also proved trainings and financial support for our associations.
KOMEZUSENGE Potamienne
I was tested in 2005. By then I was 14 years old. My mother took me to the hospital every day without telling me what I was suffering from, but later on the doctor told my mother to tell me the truth. As I was still young I didn’t know what HIV is.
I joined RRP+ in 2012. I got to know RRP+ when they were telling us to join an association for easy access to medicine.
RRP+ teaches me to be who I am, being responsible, a future leader and having a vision.
NIYONKURU Kalisa
I’m 60 years old. I was tested HIV+ in August 2004. After -I was given the results. I was despaired and started thinking about how I’m going to survive through that hardship. But what strengthened me was that I’m a Christian and I had children that I needed to-take care of. Those days there was hardly any medicine available. People died in big numbers. We created an association to bury each other. By then people were full of discrimination and feared to come to burials of people with HIV, thinking that they may get affected. Times were hard, women could greet you only when theirs hands were covered.
I joined RRP + in August 2004.We had an association called ABASHYIZE UBWOBA which gave me all the information about RRP+.
RRP+ provides us with training and counselling, supports our associations and advocates for the interests of People Living with HIV.
MBONIGABA Froduard
I’m 43 years old and a teacher at Gs Kabare. I was tested in 2003 and found out that I’m HIV positive.
It was hard for me to believe it and I was full of fear. My husband also went for testing and found out he’s HIV negative. Also the children are HIV negative. He started torturing and harassing me but before we married I told him how I was raped during genocide. Although I wasn’t tested on HIV before I told him. I’m sure this is how I got infected. My husband started to understand me.
One day when I was at the hospital the doctor started advising me to join the association of PLHIV. That’s where I get to know RRP+.
RRP+ provides trainings and teaches us to have confidence.
NYIRARUGENDO Marie Grace

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