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THE LAST KISS
Alicia feels on top of the world as she drives to the hospital for her first appointment as an HIV patient.
She has decided to make the best out of her situation. Curtis is right, they are alive now and that’s all that matters.
She is going to spend the rest of the life she has being a good wife and mother. She is going to explore all avenues to make a difference in this world she finds herself, HIV positive or not.
And then she turns to look in Curtis’ way and finds him looking at her with a warm smile.
“What’s amusing you so much, Curt?
“You really want to know?”
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“Like the way you scream out my name every time you reach your orgasm. It feels customized, you know.”
“Naughty Curt, don’t even start! Do you really want to go there? When you reach the ultimate, I usually get scared because I can’t really tell if your shouts are for pain or pleasure.”
“Well, do you blame me? You are the only one who blows up my mind and very being into tiny pieces when we make love. It’s explosive in a nice way. Presently, I’m just enjoying the sight of your dancing breasts every time we go over a ramp. I think from now onwards, if we have to go out together, I would love for you to drive.”
“You are incorrigible,” Alicia says shyly.
Alicia rounds the curve leading to the hospital rather sharply and enters without feeling remorse for her actions.
She looks for a spot to park and gets down quickly.
She tenses at the sight of the tall hospital building and events of the past day floods back.
Alicia is back to reality, her sad reality.
“Hey, wait for me, will you?”
Curtis gets down leisurely and notices the change in Alicia immediately.
He walks to her and hugs her tightly.
“It’s well, my dear. It is well.”
He takes her by the hand after she locks the car with the remote and walk to the reception of the state of the art hospital.
Pearls Hospital is situated in the heart of the city.
It’s a five-storey with a laundry, a restaurant, an ATM Center, and a gym in house.
Its compound is well landscaped to showcase nothing but beauty.
It has green grass almost everywhere and a fountain a few yards from the entrance.
It has well demarcated streets and fixtures that makes it almost heavenly at sight.
The HIV/AIDS section is well decorated to make anyone that walks through its doors comfortable.
Curtis and Alicia are ushered into the waiting room for Dr. Gerald M. Okai.
It is well-lit and has fresh beautiful flowers sitting on a low table in the middle of the room.[stextbox id=”black” caption=”GRAB YOUR COMPLETE COPY”]
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The chairs are arranged in an oval shape with a flat screen TV hoisted on the wall facing the chairs.
There are posters carrying HIV/AIDS educational messages all around.
A young man in a hoodie is seated at the far end of the room. A young woman with a seven-month old baby are also present.
Curtis leads Alicia to a seat and sits beside her after greeting the strangers.
Alicia looks closely at the young man who is doing his utmost best to be invisible.
She sees the fear, the pain and despair she has come to know comes with being diagnosed HIV positive in his eyes.
“This is my first time here, how do things happen around here?” Alicia tries to break the ice.
“You just wait your turn. The nurse will pop out when the patient inside leaves through the exit.” the young mother explains.
“Thank you.” Alicia replies.
“Just got diagnosed?” the young mother asks.
“Yes. Just found out my status yesterday. Been the longest day of my life.”
“Hmmm, one never gets used to the fact that you have HIV. I found out through a routine antenatal check-up. The father of my child couldn’t take the heat so he left me even though I’m sure he infected me. He refuses to take the test but thankfully, the doctors helped so the virus was not transferred to the baby. I’m Selina, by the way.”
The nurse pops in just then and the young lady leaves for her consultation with the doctor.
Curtis looks at Alicia with worry on his face. He has just found out he is HIV negative.
He had gone to the car to get some gum when he felt nauseous all of a sudden.
And he had chanced on the envelope with his results in the glove compartment where he keeps his gum and other sweets.
He has not had the courage to tell Alicia about it.
He is sure Alicia would be happy for him but he also knows she will feel down and broken.
Curtis has no clue how to tell her.
When the nurse pops in again, Alicia expects the young man to go in but he signals for her to go. Alicia and Curtis enter the consulting room without an argument.
Dr, Okai welcomes them warmly with a broad smile. He asks them to sit and thanks them for taking the first step in dealing with the issue at stake.
“I must commend you for the courage shown. I’m sure you’ve read around on the basics of HIV so I’m not going to bore you too much with a long lecture. HIV can be managed so well that it would enable you live a normal, long healthy life. HIV infection happens in three stages. Without treatment, it will get worse over time and eventually overwhelm your immune system. The First Stage: Acute HIV Infection is usually hard to tell. Most people don’t know right away when they’ve been infected with HIV, but a short time later, they may have symptoms. This is when your body’s immune system puts up a fight, typically within 2 to 6 weeks after you’ve gotten the virus. It’s called acute retroviral syndrome or primary HIV infection.
The symptoms are similar to those of other viral illnesses, and they’re often compared to the flu. They typically last a week or two and then completely go away. They include: Headache, Diarrhoea, Nausea, Vomiting, Fatigue, Aching muscles, Sore throat, Swollen lymph nodes, A red rash that doesn’t itch, usually on your torso, Fever.
Doctors can now prevent HIV from taking hold in your body if they act quickly. People who may have been infected for example, had unprotected sex with someone who is HIV-positive can take anti-HIV drugs to protect themselves. This is called PEP. But you must start the process within 72 hours after you were exposed, and the medicines can have unpleasant side effects.
The Second Stage: Chronic HIV Infection occurs after your immune system loses the battle with HIV, the flu-like symptoms will go away. Doctors may call this the asymptomatic or clinical latent period. Most people don’t have symptoms you can see or feel. You may not realize you’re infected and can pass HIV on to others. This stage can last 10 years or more. During this time, untreated HIV will be killing CD4 T-cells and destroying your immune system. Your doctor can check how many you have with blood tests (normal counts are between 450 and 1,400 cells per microliter). As the number drops, you become vulnerable to other infections.
Fortunately, a combination, or “cocktail,” of medications can help fight HIV, rebuild your immune system, and prevent spreading the virus. if you’re taking medications and have healthy habits, your HIV infection may not progress further.
The Third Stage-AIDS is the advanced stage of HIV infection. This is usually when your CD4 T-cell number drops below 200. You can also be diagnosed with AIDS if you have an “AIDS defining illness” such as Kaposi’s sarcoma (a form of skin cancer) or pneumocystis pneumonia (a lung disease).
People with AIDS who don’t take medication only survive about 3 years, even less if they get a dangerous infection. But with the right treatment and a healthy lifestyle, you can live a long time.
I know that finding out you are HIV-positive, made you feel overwhelmed, fearful, and alone. But you have to know that you are far from alone. Countless people and resources are available to help you and the more than thirty-six million HIV-positive people living across the globe.
It may help to remember that being HIV-positive is not the virtual death sentence it once was. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) causes AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome). But being HIV-positive does not necessarily mean that you already have AIDS.
New treatment schedules have turned being HIV-positive into a chronic condition for many people. With a healthy lifestyle and the right medical care, many HIV-positive people are living long, productive lives and I believe you two can do the same.
Alicia, you are in the Stage 1 bracket. With the right treatment and your help, we can stop or delay the progression to another stage. Most people die after diagnosis not because of the disease but from the stress and depression that results from it.
You can make a difference, you can use your situation to empower others, you can inspire and be a motivator for others. It’s all in your brain, you control it.”
“Are there any support groups for people living with the condition?” Curtis asks.
“There are some but there are not as active as we want them to be. It is believed that if people with HIV come together regularly to share ideas, pains, fears etc they would be more poised to live with the condition and the depression that comes with it.
Unfortunately, because of the stigma that comes with the disease in our part of the world, which has the highest cases of HIV, most people prefer to keep to themselves and spread the disease. Right now what we need to do in your case is to narrow it down to the source of the infection to prevent its spread and we will also look at ways of staying safe sexually.
I will advise that you convince your previous sexual partners to take the test.”
Dr. Okai hands Alicia her prescriptions and a schedule of appointments for the next three months. He looks at Curtis when he sees Alicia’s confused expression. Curtis winks at him and compels him to write another set of prescription for him.
He dismisses the two and hints that he wants to talk to Curtis alone.
Alicia excuses them.
“What game are you playing, young man?”
“I’m not playing any game, Doc. I found out my status just this morning and I have not been able to tell her yet. This is so unfair. She doesn’t deserve this, you know. I know it’s going to break her.”
“Look, you may have all the good intentions but the truth has to be told. You are not helping by leading her on like that. Are you going to pretend you have HIV all your life?”
“No, I will tell her but I need some time. She’s been very depressed lately and it seems she is coming out of it. Let me do this my way, please.”
“Well, don’t wait it out for too long. It’s better she knows so she deals with it before it’s too late.”
Curtis nods and leaves in a hurry.
Alicia is sitting under a shed close to the pharmacy with a far away look in her eyes.
“Thinking of me?”
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Curtis convinces her to sit whiles he gets in line for the prescribed drugs.
He is served a short while later and the two lovebirds leave the hospital hand in hand.
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