Test for Life

24 02 2015


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



A World Apart

14 10 2012

If we think we are a world apart.

How can we be expected to understand

the lives of the HIV infected and their kin?

Surely we can’t be expected to play a part!

Even if we are a world apart,

we can expel fear by getting informed

about the condition known as HIV or Aids.

With up to date knowledge we can start.

Our lives may be a world apart,

but we can encourage friends and family

to get tested and know their status.

Each life we save will play a part.

Our future is not at all a world apart.

We cannot ignore because no one is safe.

Keep virus free with active prevention

and show the positive that we have a heart.

©Teresa Denton


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