“I used to wait for my death” says Millicent. “But then someone from the CARE for AIDS program came to visit me, and now I know HIV is not the end of my life.”
Unlike many Kenyans who have been diagnosed with the virus, Millicant has learned the truth about this devastating disease. It doesn’t have to be the end- in fact, for many men and women living with HIV, it is just the beginning of a healthy, happy life.
It seems strange to think that contracting a disease with no known cure could ever be positive, but Millicent believes God is faithful. Nothing is without purpose…so long as He is present.
“When I first found out my status, my husband encouraged me,” she says “he did not have HIV, and I do. But he told me- we can go on and live our life together.”
Sadly, her husband did not keep his promise for very long. Months after her diagnosis, they were separated.
“I was so hurt, but being here in the program with my friends, I can see that being HIV positive is important. There is so much we can still do.”