‘I had dropped out of school in July 2015 because my mother, who has raised us as a single mother, could no longer afford to buy me scholastic requirements for school. S he also failed to raise money for me to register for my PLE. My home is far away from school and it became difficult for me to walk to school every day and leave late since I had to revise with my fellow classmates. All these circumstances frustrated me and forced me to drop out of school. I was then influenced to join bad peer groups of other boys and girlswho had also dropped out of school.’Saida narratedthis with tears rolling down her face.
I tested HIV-positive in 1990 while I was still serving as a soldier in Arua district. It took a while for me to break the news to my wife because I was scared of how she would feel and react. In 1992, I plucked up the courage to inform her about my status. I also encouraged her to take a test. She was so stigmatisedand separated with me. We stayed apart until 1995 when she agreed to go for an HIV test. The result showed she was negative and the doctor advised us on how to live together as a discordant couple. As much as it was difficult for my wife to accept me back with my status, she eventually managed to cope.
February, 02 2019
To empower women and influence legislation and policy for gender equality in Uganda.