HIV positive woman turns tragedy into life mission

Jamaica Information Service (JIS) - Ten years ago, Karmen Josephs’* life was changed forever, when she was diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). She tells JIS News that at the time, she was about two months pregnant, and had gone to the doctor for prenatal checks, which included a blood test for HIV. “I did the HIV testing. When I went back with my partner, the doctor was looking for the result and couldn’t find it. When he eventually found the result, he held up a paper and I saw on the back of it ‘HIV positive’ and I thought ‘No! No! No! This is not me’,” she recalls. “He (doctor) then said ‘I have some good news and some bad news for you. Which one do you want first?’ I said, give me any one of them. He said your HIV test came back and you are positive for HIV. I ran out of the office. My partner, who was sitting in the lobby, saw what was happening and ran after me, and we went back into the doctor’s office,” Ms. Josephs says. She says that at the time, she did not know much about the disease, and after receiving bad medical advice, she decided to get an abortion. “After the abortion, a different doctor took over my case and introduced me to an organization, where I was educated about HIV. I went to a workshop and I saw three pregnant females and I asked, ‘How are they pregnant and they are HIV positive’? “When I was told that you can be pregnant with HIV and still have the baby, I was shocked,” Ms. Josephs tells JIS News. A mother of two girls at the time, she says she felt that the child she abo
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