Sleepless and anxious for two nights with this question, she just prayed that her son did not have HIV. A day earlier Reema, then 23, had tested positive and was advised to get her two and half year old son tested immediately.
With tears rolling down thinking of how her son would cope with questions from society, she went ahead and signed the consent form for testing. The two days’ wait was agonising but thankfully, her son tested negative. The test was again conducted after 6 months, then after a year and then after five years. He tested negative at all intervals, her son is 18 today, and is living a healthy life.
Reema, taking regular treatment, works in the field of HIV/AIDS and motivates anxious mothers and teens.