I know this story so well. We hear this in our clinics in Kenya
every single day...
She was HIV-positive. "I thought
now nothing in my life was going to be right, nothing that I have
ever dreamed of would come true," she said.
But she still wanted to start a
family. A few months later, she was pregnant. She assumed the baby
would be born HIV-positive and simply hoped her child would live a
long, healthy life with medication.
There was a lot Tinzi didn't
know. HIV-positive women who don't seek medical care have roughly a
40 percent chance of passing the virus on to their child.
But with proper medical care - and a steady dose of
anti-retroviral drugs - that number can essentially be reduced to
zero. The problem is, treatment isn't available in many
parts of the world. And even if it is, women aren't always aware of
Goats and Soda)
We know how to prevent babies from being born with HIV. We can
have an HIV-free generation. With support and education and access
to medicines, women like Tinzi will only have tears of joy to shed
over their HIV-negative babies.