|Bopha (name changed) talks with Hang Kimhorn, a counselor in the |
antenatal clinic at Samdech Ov Hospital, Phnom Penh
© UNICEF Cambodia/2013/Bloomfield
Thirty-three year old Chea Bopha (name changed) is glad
that she took an HIV test early in her pregnancy. Two months pregnant and feeling
unwell she decided to go the antenatal clinic at Samdech Ov Hospital. “I was
very sick,” said Bopha, “[with] weakness, tiredness, fever and diarrhoea.”
Accompanied by her husband, Bopha received counselling before receiving the
test – a finger prick for a drop of blood. The result came back in a short
time: positive. Bopha was immediately referred for treatment.
Although the test result was distressing, Bopha welcomed knowing her status. The counselling helped her to understand why she had been ill and provided her with information about the treatment she will receive to protect her baby. “I want my baby to be healthy,” said Bopha as she looked affectionately at her raised abdomen.