Concillia’s before and after pictures tell the story. Before taking medication “there was nothing I could do for myself. I could not feed myself properly. I could not look after my daughter. After I started medication it was like I was resurrected.” Before starting treatment, Concillia stayed away from her friends. She was afraid of how they would treat her if they knew she was HIV+. Stigmitization and discrimination are very real fears that stop people from speaking freely about their HIV status.
The first time she began treatment, she
didn't realize it had to be taken for life. Even after starting treatment for the second time, Concillia didn’t have the courage to speak freely about being HIV+. With the help of support groups and her health educator Connie, that began to change. Now that Concillia speaks freely about her status, Connie has seen an incredible change – “she has a strength, a force behind her.”