Just when you thought Botswana was winning the war against HIV/AIDS, we now learn that there are people who have made it their mission to infect their sexual partners.
In one of the stories in this issue Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA) reveals that it has received alarming cases of some HIV/AIDS positive people who have deliberately infected their partners. Apparently the organisation receives about three cases every week.
This is a brutal and heartless thing to do to one’s lover, let alone a fellow human being. What kind of human being are you, using a deadly virus like HIV/AIDS as a weapon against the one person you are supposed to love?
At this time and age you would think that people have accepted that HIV/AIDS is a disease that needs to be fought, where as a people and nation we have to fight to get it out of our society. But no! There are evil-minded people who are so weak-minded that they see being HIV positive as a death sentence. Instead of focusing on getting treatment, the cowards that they are, they are now turning on their loved ones, to infect them with the virus.
This goes on to show that the war against HIV/AIDS is far from over. It has turned people against each other; partners against partner. This should stop. As various stakeholders in the nation we need to go to the drawing board and find out where things went wrong. One of the main causes of this unacceptable behaviour is that there is still stigma against those living with HIV/AIDS by others and by themselves (those living with it). That is why it is important that after so many years of public education on HIV/AIDS, we should be not discriminating others because of their status. Also importantly, those living with the virus should learn to accept their status and how to live healthy lives. This therefore means, they should take good care of themselves and their beloved ones, which includes ensuring that they do not spread the virus to their partners. The rate at which this is happening, as BONELA reports that they receive at least three cases a week, shows that the numbers of people infected with the virus are increasing at wildfire speed. As everyone knows by now, treatment for this virus is very expensive. It drains not only the finances that could be used to pursue other good causes like taking more students for further education, building other needed infrastructures and many other developments to improve the quality of life of Batswana. So, before you think about infecting your partner think about the cost and most importantly, the emotional scar that will be left permanently on that person.