When Bupe Sinkala was diagnosed with HIV, she didn’t know what to do. She was planning her wedding – and decided not to tell her fiancé at first. It was, she reflects, “a dark moment. I was scared of being rejected, of being judged. I thought it was a death sentence.’
She didn’t know how to manage the disease, she didn’t keep up with her drug regimen and her weakened immune system made her vulnerable to a tuberculosis infection. She got very sick, and her husband left her.
Then her life took a dramatic turn – this time for the better. She learned that the community health organization mothers2mothers was recruiting HIV positive women in her home country of Zambia to become community health workers.
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