First i want to apologize for not posting yesterday as i had promised,but i did get to have my HIV status checked.To be honest,that test put the fear of God in me.I was so nervous to go alone so i requested my roommate to do it with me. Immediately we were both done with our classes we set off to the schools’ VCT center(was free BTW)and at the time i was breaking out a cold sweat ,my head over thinking about the situation.
On getting there the counselor began the sessionwith the mandatory pre-test counselling.The purpose of pre-test HIV counselling is to find out why you want to be tested, the nature and extent of your previous and present high-risk behavior, and the steps that need to be taken to prevent you from becoming infected or from transmitting HIV infection.He asked quite a number of questions which i obviously answered such as;
- why i want to get tested?(To determine my status before getting into a new relationship)
- whether i had taken the test some time before?(no)
- whether i think i have in anyway exposed myself to the virus?(yes.a non-sterile piercing)
- my beliefs on HIV and safe sex.(one should use condoms or something like that)
- what i would do if found negative?(take better care of myself)
- what i would do if found positive?(i didn’t answer to this question,i just let out a sigh)
He then explained more about how the test works and the expected results.
Oh my god!Worst 15 minutes of my life.The nurse got the HIV test apparatus,it looked like a pregnancy test i thought to myself,and oh,it’s just a small prick on the finger nothing too messy.My roommate went first because i was really nervous and looked like a cat on a hot rock.Eventually it was my turn and i reluctantly stretched out my finger for the tiny injection and in a blink ,blood was oozing and being collected.He finally got the test ready and we were now waiting for the results.
Honestly i did not hear a word the man was saying at the time,i was so busy thinking about what i would do next if the test result came out positive and how i would stay a virgin till marriage if it came out negative.
After my internal nervous breakdown “patiently” awaiting my results, the time finally came – so far it had felt like the longest ten minutes of my life.The nurse then mentioned that we were the ones to look at our own results so i stretched out my hand to him to pass me the strip as i was calling out all God given names in all languages i know.
Seeing the test results were negative i quickly called my mum and let her know,i also took a picture for you guys and for my boyfriend.I was relieved to see that i was not infected and very happy actually.
The counselor/nurse then recommended that we go for regular test after every 6 months just to be safe.
I would definitely urge people to go get tested: there’s a sense of relief in knowing your status, whatever it may be. Armed with knowledge, you are then in a position to take the next step in caring for your health and others’.