Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Philomène, 47, discovered that she was #HIVpositive 14 years...



"Philomène, 47, discovered that she was #HIVpositive 14 years ago while she was #pregnant. Philomène and her husband overcame the initial shock of the diagnosis and thanks to long counselling sessions with #MSF teams they have managed to build a relationship and family life almost like anybody else’s. Since Philomène was put on a on #antiretroviral treatment that prevents the transmission of the virus from mother to child, she and her husband have had two children who are #HIVnegative. Philomène is also a dedicated activist within the community group #RENOAC which helps #Congolese people live positively with #HIV. While working as a RENOAC volunteer, she met Emerence, a young girl who had been abandoned by her family. Emerence now lives with Philomène’s family who considers her like their own child. Democratic Republic of #Congo 2014 © Rosalie Colfs" By doctorswithoutborders on Instagram.



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