A Kenyan woman, Evelynne Shompa has narrated touching story of how her best friend's boyfriend infected her with HIV after she snatched the man from her. She has been discriminated for her HIV status and recently got in the news after a primary school refused to admit her son which later attracted national headlines in Kenya. She is also an activists for people living with HIV. When interviewed by The Nairobian, she gave a detailed account of the touching incident. Continue after the cut.
Asked how she got infected, she said:
"A man I was living with infected me. I was introduced to him by my best friend who was dating him. I did not have anywhere to go, so she took me there to work (for him) as a house help. "I was desperate and I needed money. A few months later, he started showing interest in me and I could not say no. Before I knew it, he had broken up with my best friend."
What was your best friend’s reaction?
"She told me that I would regret it, but I dismissed it as just jealousy. In retrospect however, I suspect she must have known about his status since their baby died two weeks after birth."
How she found out about her status, she said:
"I had applied for a job at a restaurant and they required my health records. I was confident because I thought they were testing for pregnancy or drugs. "Two weeks later, when the tests came back, I was told I was positive. Actually, the doctor just told me that I had Aids and that I only had five years to live. Those days, medication was very expensive."
Then she told how she was brutally raped by a close friend:
"A very good friend. One evening, I was very high and he offered to escort me home. On the way, he overpowered and raped me." Evelynne Shompa is among many living with the virus and now creating awareness for the disease. She's living a normal life and has continuously supported many others.