Binta Gwer has never seen the four walls of a classroom. She says that while growing up, her parents believed that the girl-child sent to school would end up in prostitution. Binta who is now 25 years old, has resolved to ensure that her daughter and two sons go to school. “I can do any odd job to make sure that they are educated,” she says.
Idowu Kayode had lost six pregnancies. Each time a miscarriage occurred, it was usually with a lot of blood loss. She recalls that in 2002 when she discovered her HIV positive status, she had given up on life. Her husband took her to several hospitals, clinics, churches and prayer houses.
These women are happy not because they no longer live with HIV but because they see concrete reason to be euphoric – the HIV in their blood stream have become successfully suppressed so much so that the virus in every one of them is now undetectable.
The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has commenced a project aimed at motivating adolescents and young persons living with HIV to consistently utilize free HIV care and treatment services available in the hospital, attend support group meetings, correctly take their HIV medications, achieve viral suppression and live healthy lives.
To mark the International day for the elimination of violence against women, with the theme, ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape”, the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), has organized a walk and talk to educate the public about gender-based violence.