I will get tested; I will know my status

I am an adolescent and I am sexually active. My friends decided to go for prevention pills so that they do not fall pregnant, so that was the way to protect ourselves. I mean I trusted my boyfriend and thought that having unprotected sex with him will prove how much I love him. As we continued having sex without a condom for a couple of months, I found out I was not the only girl he was shagging with. In fact the reality of the situation was that he was cheating on his girlfriend with me and some other girls. WHAT A SHOCK!!

I had to move on and I took responsibility and went for an HIV test. I received counselling before the test and decided indeed I would like to know my status. I had to wait for fifteen minutes before I could receive the results. It was the longest fifteen minutes in my life. Fortunately, the test was negative. I was advised about the window period (this means that the virus may be present but undetectable and I need to be tested again in a few weeks).

Of course I was very happy and relieved about the results. It was also an eye opener to discover that I am the only one who can take care of ME. I haven’t had sex since then, and even if I decide otherwise, I will always use a condom, because I know that before I can be faithful to my partner I have to be faithful to myself. I am currently living an HIV free life and I intend to keep it like that, although having HIV is not a death sentence.

We cannot choose our families but we can choose friends, what we say to and about others, what we do and when, where we go and not. This simply says we are responsible for our actions; we are the ones who take decisions and let us be responsible. We choose what to entertain and I choose to focus on my studies and future.

Thandeka* 19 years

(Name changed)

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seaconutey 29 July 2016 23:06

Indeed you're the only one who can take care of yourself and protecting yourself and securing your future is It's the best decision that you're making...please encourage or to so too

Anonymous 20 July 2016 09:52

Its always wise yo know ur status n stay safe.

skhalo 14 May 2016 09:23

Thandeka u are an inspiring person indeed a happy to hear how changed u ar

Tiisetso 13 May 2016 11:24

thats very Educative,its very important to know our status

nobom. 17 March 2016 21:49

the story is very motivating for us as young girls.. boys are playing with us and the worse part they take long to be infected