Living with HIV

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“Before marriage, I was dreaming to marry a handsome man and establish a small familyfull of love and affection,” said Samira, a woman living with HIV in Algeria. At 19, herdream came true, but at a terrible cost. “After marriage, I moved to his big family house.During this period, I was beaten by my husband.” For Samira, the trouble kept on coming.Her firstborn quickly developed health problems. “My baby was admitted to the hospital,and I did not know what to be waiting for. The hospital did all the laboratory tests, withouttelling me anything,” she said. “I was informed that I am [HIV-] positive in the hospital andI didn’t know where to go. Both my husband and my son died.”