They said I must be tested.
I just had a little cold!
So why must I be pestered,
And why is everyone so bold?
I continued getting ill,
My job was now in danger.
I tried to work & function still.
To my friends I became a stranger.
At the clinic I heard about a test;
About life-style and treatment.
I learned about counseling & the rest,
And how to make an appointment.
The counselor was very kind,
All my questions were answered.
The informed consent was signed.
At last my secret fears were heard.
My CD4s are low & the viral load is high.
The counselor held my hand.
“Tell me, am I soon going to die,
Will they bury me in the sand?”
“No, no, no!” at the clinic they say,
“There is so much we can do.
First change your life in work & play,
We’ll support & stand by you!”
My life has changed & I am better,
From medication I’ll never be free.
I follow a diet plan to the letter,
Each three months the doctor I see.
Please join me to spread the news:
There is life, even after infection.
Many may come with different views,
But nothing ever beats prevention.
©Teresa Denton 2005