Saturday, July 21, 2012

HIV camp

Today our team had an HIV camp in the Namatala slum. We walked around publicizing for it yesterday and today 317 people came to get tested!! It was an amazing turnout!  We were all so excited that so many people went.  Out of all of the people that came, only 12 were HIV positive.  It was a sad reality check when I knew one of the ladies that was HIV positive.  She's one of the people that we bead with.  I was in town buying more latex gloves and when I came back to Namatala the girls in the program told me that she was HIV positive.  It made my heart sink.  She had no idea and was crying and I wasn't even there to give her a hug.  It was really sad to me and hit home having someone that I see every week be effected by this.  I didn't get to see her but I can't wait to see her this week.  I don't know what there is to say or do but I just wished I could have been there for some reason.  Even though the two of us have a language barrier, we're friends.  We have so much fun beading together every week.

To represent, I obviously got tested too.  How awkward is it that I was genuinely nervous about seeing the results?  haha Irrational but I just kept thinking, "But what if for some freak reason..."  My friend/roommate Ashley was the one doing the finger pricking.  She did an amazing job but I just wanted you to see the procession of pics of the finger pricking. haha I AM 5 years old.

Also...I'm HIV negative.

1 comment:

  1. I guess you are my daughter. I have to look away too.