20-Year-Old Living With Inherited HIV Gives Birth To Healthy Baby Boy
BY: NISHA THOMAS
A woman who inherited the HIV/AIDS virus through her mother has now spoken of the relief that she’d felt after giving birth to what doctors say is a healthy baby boy.
Paida Mutopo, 20, was informed that she was HIV-positive at the young age of only 11-years-old and she says that she’d feared she would never have children out of fear of passing the virus on to them.
However, the advances in treatment have allowed the amount of the virus in her system to seem almost undetectable. She is now able to lead a normal and healthy life.
She’d also been able to take medication in order to reduce her risk of giving the virus to her baby.
Only five months ago, Mutopo had given birth to her beautiful son, Kai, and was astatic when results showed that he son was free of HIV.
She is now proud to share her story and teach the world that HIV is no longer considered to be a death sentence for anyone who has it.
“When I found out I was pregnant I was so scared and at the same time I was so excited,” she said.
“When I found out I was HIV positive, I never thought I was going to have a child and that was something I wanted in my life.
“If he had been positive I would have felt so bad, I would have just blamed myself.”
She added: “I don’t think I would have been able to live with myself if I had found out he was HIV positive.”
“We’re living in the shadow of the “don’t die of ignorance” era of the mid-eighties and we haven’t gone beyond that yet, so the more individuals like Paida can do to increase awareness the better.”
Comment what you think about this beautiful and brave mother, we wish her and her son nothing but the best.
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