Monday, 31 March 2008


We had a grown man weeping last week. He had come to talk things over since his wife had died of cancer last month.

Cancer caused by HIV.

She had known that she was positive for 8 years. The pressure on her to marry was too great and she finally got married to him. That was just over a year ago.

Last month he buried her.

He has HIV now.

Sheba asked him what he would have done if he found out that she was positive before they married. He said that he would have still married, but that he would have been able to take some precautions for himself.

There is no easy way out of testing for HIV. It is vital to know the truth. But how hard it is for us to take the courage to actually look. And how much harder - once we see something that we dread - to share it with others.

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