Roderick: "Some people changed towards me"

"Some people changed when they saw that I was ill, a few even avoided me. My friends don't know about my illness, so they don't even know about my treatment either. I think they probably suspect something, but they don't talk about it. They don't want to know."
"In February 2001, I was very ill and I was coughing a lot. My legs were swollen and painful. I went to the hospital and was admitted for tuberculosis. That's when I did an AIDS test. "I didn't really know what HIV was. I had seen people who had it but didn't think I could get it. When I found out what it was, I was very depressed, because I had seen that it was a fatal disease. The counsellor explained exactly what it is, that it's a fatal illness, but that treatments existed that could help me. "Some people changed when they saw that I was ill, a few even avoided me. My friends don't know about my illness, so they don't even know about my treatment either. I think they probably suspect something, but they don't talk about it. They don't want to know. "When I found out that I was going to be treated and be in good health again, I was happy, even if I didn't really believe it. I waited to feel the effects before rejoicing. Because at that time my feet and legs hurt so much that I couldn't walk, and my body itched all over. It was unbearable. "After a week of treatment, my legs hurt less, I could move around again and now I can even ride a bike. After 10 days, I started work in the fields again. "My plans for the future are to plant tobacco and wait for the rain."