Mulikat Odutayo, a living example of how to live positively with HIV
and has a healthy son thanks to treatment preventing mother-to-child
transmission of the virus.
© The Global Fund / John Rae
"My baby is negative" - Mulikat Odutayo
Four years ago Mulikat Odutayo was fighting for her life. She went to a chest clinic about a cough that turned out to be tuberculosis, and also found out she was HIV-positive. First she was cured of TB. Then she started treatment for HIV. Mulikat decided to devote her life to counseling others before and after they take the test for HIV. She volunteers at Lagos General Hospital, which gets finance from The Global Fund for test equipment and drugs. The message of hope she brings is that even if they are carrying the HIV virus, they can still live a full and rewarding life. They can even be an HIV-positive mother, like herself. When she finished the TB treatment, she told the doctors she wanted to have a baby. She was advised to wait until her health improved. When that happened, she accessed the family planning program for HIV-positive women and, following mother-to-child transmission prevention care and treatment, gave birth to Mumbarak Aloko. The child is healthy and does not have HIV.
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