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HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDSI am a brother in Islam, a middle class citizen, married with a six year old son who has a speech disability.
Currently I am on antiretroviral medication for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. The medical treatment is not a cure but I have to take it for life!

Assalaamu Alaikum

Dear brother and sisters

All thanks to Allah Ta’ala, His wisdom and mighty power, for it is He who has kept me alive to narrate this story and share my experience with you.

I am a brother in Islam, a middle class citizen, married with a six year old son who has a speech disability.
Currently I am on antiretroviral medication for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. The medical treatment is not a cure but I have to take it for life!

As a Muslim I believe that it is a test from Allah Ta’ala.

As I write, I know within our Muslim community that there is a stigma pertaining to this sickness. Muslims are in denial. This sickness is not for any particular race or religion. As long as you are sexually active no one is safe. We live in a global village which has become a very small world due to the ease of mobility and travel. We can travel from one part of the world to another within hours.

Reproduction is a God given right!

The worst part of this sickness is that it can be transmitted through the human reproductive system. No one is safe so long as you will have offspring.

I was diagnosed as having HIV/AIDS in 1999. I was constantly sick. I now have full-blown AIDS. The CD4 count of a healthy normal human being is between 2000-5000 counts. My CD4 count is 86 – which means that I am ‘technically’ at the last stage before death.               

I want to warn humanity that this sickness is the most devastating illness mankind has ever experienced - it can wipe out the whole world!

Browse HIV/AIDS sites on the internet and you will discover how easily ‘opportunistic infections’ can attack the body when its immune system is compromised. Once infected a wide range of symptoms will begin, with some of them very severe.

I advise my Muslim brothers and sisters not to be in denial. Get HIV/AIDS tested as soon as possible and trust me, the medical treatment works. I am now into my 8th year of treatment and with duas I may I have many more years to live.

I have noted something that really encourages me. Every month when I collect my medication from the clinic I notice that more people are coming forward for HIV/AIDS tests and medication. This was not the case when the first trial programmes began in South Africa.

The typical thinking is that only illiterate people don’t avail themselves for tests and treatment. However, it is actually the other way around. Also, more men than women are in denial.  
This is a true story of a Muslim brother

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