Yes, this year is winding up and thanks be to God. It has read like a novel with such a tragedy theme line that we are not sure who else will perish in these final chapters.
Death is not new to us but this year, it has decided to come from an unusual place: our own trusted, loved and respected people. Spouses have clobbered dead their lovers, parents have starved their own children, children have killed parents, CHOGM organisers have eaten it up and forest officers have stolen forests they are supposed to protect. So, if crocodiles are eating their own eggs, who is safe? Maybe the World Cup which risked passing here and returned without disappearing somewhere Parliament cannot find! Wasnâ€™t that the surprise of the year?
Many of us frowned at Draru and her breed of lovers who squeeze each other off the face of the earth. We called them fearful names till late in the night. Then we returned home to the comfort of our beds and partners without knowing our HIV status or the status of our partners. It is possible that that very night, we could have been invaded by the virus.
It is also possible that we survived and are still tempting nature by hoping that our sex partners were safe yesterday, are safe today and will be safe forever. What you do not know is that it takes just a short time off your schedule to go and test together.
Next week is December, which, according to last year, is the last month of the year. It begins with World AIDS Day, where we remember our departed and ends with the New Yearâ€™s Day, where we get surprised that we are still alive. It also has Christmas, which gives us headache about the type of gift to give Beloved.
So, this is the gift: Go together and test together. It is the proper way of launching a trust-me-again programme. If you are negative, you will be more responsible and make sure you test again the same time every year. If you are positive, it is a small hiccup. You can still live a meaningful life but now you know and you can start living positively.
But if one of you is positive and the other negative, praise God louder. You now have an opportunity to protect your partner and make sure the negative partner survives long enough to look after the sick and the children. It is a blessing to the family to know now before even the safe one gets problems.
We need a 2010 of more trust between partners and what a better way of launching the trust me again campaign!
Launch a â€˜trust me againâ€™