June 13, 2013
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My first day with the virus was the 27th of December, 2007. I was supposed to have my baby on the 13th of December, but no sign of dilation or contraction.
I visited the hospital on the 27th of December and I was told I couldn't have my baby alone, only with a C-section to save his life because I had been discovered to have HIV. I was sad, but I accepted it, because I had to save my baby and give him a chance at HIV-free life.
That was my greatest joy that day: signing the consent form for the operation. I had my boy on the 28th of December, 2007, and he is HIV negative. That's my experience.
Anuoluwapo is 32 years old and lives in Nigeria.