By Uchenna Ezenwa Akujobi
Some dude came requesting for me, said he heard I was the “HIV doctor”. Nna mehn…when I heard this, I almost fainted. What does he even mean? Well, he said someone sent him to see me. Now, he’s been dating this girl for more than two years and he says he really loves her. He is also a born again child of God and he is filled with the Holy Spirit. He asked me “Doc are you born again?”
I looked at him like “Guy, is that why you are here?”
I was having a terrible day; I had lost a patient earlier and it wasn’t funny. Plus I was still confused and pondering over the “HIV doctor” thing.
Me: “Bros how can I really help you… and I’m Dr. Uche, by the way, not HIV doctor”.
Him: “My brother, this my fiancee and I…”
He went on to give me gist many of which I didn’t ask for. He talked about how they met and their journey thus far. How he hadn’t touched her until 48 hrs ago. He is born again and filled with the Spirit of God but then he let his guard loose and the devil led him to fornicate. They had sex about thrice on Saturday night and they went to church together on Sunday morning.#Clearsthroat.
While in church he felt so much guilt and his spirit led him to do a HIV test. He wanted to marry her so what the heck, he considered it the pre-premarital screening. They went to a “chemist” owned by a friend. By the time they were done, his friend said the result was inconclusive. Mr. Friend eventually called him aside and directed him here to see the “HIV doctor”; and here was he seeing me on a Monday morning.
For my mind I was like “Oh, so that’s the person that called me ‘HIV doctor’… people don’t have sense ooo. When you call someone the ‘HIV doctor’, doesn’t it sound somehow in your head? Like you just referred to him as the doctor who’s HIV positive? It’s like when you deliver a baby and they start calling you the “Woman doctor”.
Well … so we repeated the HIV tests and guess what? I had a discordant couple in my hands. It’s a very delicate thing trying to convince someone it’s going to be OK when their spouse is positive and they aren’t…Well, his fiancee was positive. He was negative. The post-test counselling was just another kettle of fish. I spoke to the lady first.
Me: “So my dear how’re you? …your Oga say mak una do HIV test”.
She: “Na so I see am … She was smiling”.
Me: “So what do you know about HIV / AIDS?”
She: “I know say once person get am, e better make him just die first than for people to hear”
She went on and on to confirm all the balderdash information about HIV in circulation today. It is so glaring that many people are so misinformed
Just to put it out there
1- HIV is not an attack from your village people.
2- There are a thousand and one medical conditions that can kill you faster.
3- It’s contracted from exposure to body fluids containing the virus… mostly from unprotected sexual intercourse. .
4- It has no cure at the moment.
5- Adherence to anti HIV drugs can help you live a normal life for a very long time even if you’re infected.
I can go on and on but no one listens to a doctor these days especially on health issues…
She went on to tell me she didn’t even love this guy. He was just the one amongst the many who had stepped up to ask her to marry him. She was seeing three guys. The one she really loved was a bastard. She spent Friday night with him. They had sex…it was probably so good she was knocked unconscious ‘cos in her sleep, he left. She woke up and he was nowhere in sight. He returned hours later and she wondered where he went. She went through his phone and saw things. Apparently he left her on his bed and went to visit some other babe who was thanking him via text for the love-making that hot Saturday afternoon. They had a fight and he sent her away.
Stranded, she decided to visit this bro that loves her so much. One thing led to another & they were having marathon sex on Saturday night. Nna Mehn, my mouth open, I was looking at her in total bewilderment… I was just wondering how someone intended to marry someone she does not love and how her partner thought she did; I was wondering how a rela. I asked her what she’d do if she was positive… She said she’d retire to somewhere and kill herself.
Me: “Well my sister… I’m sorry but you’re HIV positive…We’d run some confirmatory tests and…”
She: “Doctor wait…Stop talking (she was looking me dead in the eyes, she had the look of someone who’d kill herself, and she was no longer smiling). You wouldn’t tell my Oga about this right…”
Me: “Of course I wouldn’t but….”
She: “Shhhhhhh!!! Just be quiet Doc…”
My brother fear begin catch me ooo.
Will complete this later, let me answer an urgent call.
Any similarity with persons in the above story and any other person living, dead or in between is surely a coincidence.
Uchenna Ezenwa Akujobi studied Medicine and Surgery in the University of Port Harcourt. He is a stock trader, a practicing doctor; and writing happens to be one of many things he is very fond of. He is passionate about sharing authentic and useful health information with the public in forms that are very interesting, easy to read and relate to. When not relating with humans he spends time grooming and raising his dogs.