Fea­ture on HIV vic­tim

Be­ing HIV pos­i­tive does not limit one to live a nor­mal life, Mar­garet Se­d­uadua shared.

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Forty-year-old Mar­garet Se­d­uadua was tested HIV pos­i­tive when she was preg­nant to her youngest child in 2003. The mother of three has been di­ag­nosed with the hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus (HIV) for 14 years now, and still con­tin­ues to fight her bat­tle.

She shared this stroy in com­mem­o­ra­tion of World Aids Day yes­ter­day. How­ever, Ms Se­d­uadua has learned to ad­dress the virus pos­i­tively, liv­ing a nor­mal life. She tells of how she was on the verge of giv­ing up in the first stage af­ter find­ing out she was tested HIV pos­i­tive. “When I was preg­nant in 2003, I never knew that my hus­band was al­ready pos­i­tive,” she said. “Dur­ing my preg­nancy, I went for clinic and that was when I found out that I was HIV pos­i­tive. How­ever, it was good news for Ms Se­d­uadua when she found out that her baby was tested HIV neg­a­tive, af­ter the de­liv­ery. Upon find­ing out the news about her HIV pos­i­tive sit­u­a­tion, the Tailevu na­tive ad­mit­ted be­ing sui­ci­dal.

“I wanted to com­mit sui­cide,” she said. “I didn’t know any­thing about HIV be­cause of the lack of in­for­ma­tion and I thought peo­ple with the virus would die. “I thought I was go­ing to die.” Sadly, Ms Se­d­uadua lost her hus­band the same year. She re­mar­ried in 2004 to a HIV neg­a­tive male. The sup­port from her fam­ily and friends is what keeps her on the jour­ney of life. “The sup­port from my fam­ily and friends were good,” she said.

A few years later, she joined the Fiji Net­work for Peo­ple Liv­ing with HIV and started to ad­vance her knowl­edge about the virus. The now HIV ad­vo­cate ad­vises the younger gen­er­a­tion to find time to take ed­u­cate them­selves about the virus and most im­por­tantly, to al­ways prac­tice safe sex. Edited by Caro­line Ratu­cadra

Mar­garet Se­d­uadua.

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