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"IT'S POSSIBLE TO LIVE WITH THE VIRUS! "

says Konjit Temamo

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Konjit Temamo

She was born in a family that lived on farming in Wolayita. Her brother brought her to Awassa. She took her elementary education in Hayik Dar Elementary and Junior High School.

Gender :

Female

Country :

Ethiopia

Residence Region :

Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Regional States

Association:

Tilla Association of Women Living with HIV

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"It was when I was in Grade five that my husband took me by abduction and made me his wife. He took me to Aleta Wondo. By the time I went to my parents' place to give birth to my first child, I heard that my husband's behavior was not good. I didn't want to abandon him. So, I went back to him and continued living together. I gave birth to a second child. My husband's behavior became even worse. With a court's decision we departed. The court also ordered him to give some money to his children every month till they grow up." "After I departed from my husband, I came to A wassa with my two children. I was pregnant for the 3rd time. I gave my first child to my brother and started a small business. The police caught my husband because he raped a seven- year- old girl. He was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment. I asked the court to lessen its decision on him because if he stayed in prison for that long I'll lose the money I get from him. That would complicate my life even more. Although I succeeded in lessening the decision, he died just before the time he was about to leave the prison." Konjit, whose husband and youngest child died after a long time of sickness, was advised by her friend to have a blood test, "When my husband died, his friend asked me for marriage. I told him that we both have to have a blood test first. His result showed that he was HIV -negative. Mine was positive. At that time, I felt so sad because I am a woman of God. I tried to commit suicide, I couldn't understand why God added this to all the problems I have already been facing in life." Even if Konjit drank poison, she didn't die, "Because of the advice and consolation I got from health professionals and my friends, now I'm leading a stable life, I know more than anyone that it's possible to live with HIV. Now I'm a member of Tilla Association. My two children and I live on the money I get from the association for teaching about AIDS." She believes there is a change in the society regarding stigma and discrimination, In the places that the association sends her to, in the market, and in the neighborhood, she teaches about AIDS. Her main concern is her life and her two children. "My future plan is to build my own house. In my spare time I teach my children crafts by which they can earn a living. The reason why I do this is to enable them live by their own when I die."

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