Former HIV/AIDS Ambassador Joyce Dzidzor Mensah says she has never lied about her HIV status and also adds that 90% of men she had sex with were carriers already.
The social media celebrity and former HIV/AIDS ambassador had been living in self denial for a while and even had a public spat with the National HIV/AIDS commission about her status.
But on Tuesday June 2 at a press conference in Accra which was televised live on TV she took the HIV/AIDS test which came out positive.
Speaking in an interview with Ibrahim Ibrahim Kwarteng she says that she never hid her status and majority of men she had sex with already had the virus.
She also spoke about the level of stigmatization and discrimination that comes her way and that of her kids even at school.
“I am still strong and beautiful as a result of how good I take care of myself.” She told Mr. Ibrahim Kwarteng. This comment from Joyce Dzidzor comes after she tested positive for HIV on live television a few days ago.
“My children are going through a lot, they cannot go to school; I recall one day my son came home from school saying that I should stop the HIV project because they call him the ‘AIDS boy’ in school.
“Just recently, my daughter, who got admission into a school, was sent home because according to a mail sent to me by the authorities they read on the internet that I have HIV. My question is should a child be denied access to education because of HIV even if it is true?
“Yes, I made a mistake by taking on this task and I didn’t know it will hurt my children this way. My children do not have anything in their blood. I want my life and my children’s back and that is why I am going to all these lengths to clear the air.
“I have not stolen any money like has been rumored, my children have a life to live, they should not suffer for a decision I made,” she said in tears at a presser at the Press Centre in Accra on Wednesday, June 2.