Grace Mwase is a 33 year old woman with 5 children, aged 14, 11, 5 and 8 year old twins. She tested HIV positive in 2011 and her husband was found to be HIV positive in 2010.
Her last born is also HIV positive because she breast fed her for two years because she didn’t know her status. Her first born also has HIV because she was the one looking after her brother, the last born when he was sick and had sores all over his body and she didn’t wear gloves when caring for him.
This family situation was a heavy burden to her and she was bitter with her husband whom she believed passed the virus to her because he used to travel to different places for business and he had affairs with different women in those areas. He had hidden his status from her when he discovered that he was HIV positive.
With the absence of a support group in their area, Grace had to carry her burden alone and it was eating her up emotionally.