Mr Arnold Tarlton Macauley has in an exclusive interview with Awoko maintained that he is not embarrassed being HIV positive.
Mr Macauley said “AIDs was something that was due to be because the bible tells us that in the last days there are going to be pestilences not just pestilence but pestilences and among these pestilences HIV/AIDs is one of them, there could be even others worse than HIV/AIDs so the fact that I contracted it I am not embarrassed”.
“I mean no one is exempted” he maintained adding “the bible also makes us aware that unforeseen occurrence can befall anyone at anytime so if I happen to be a servant of God and I happen to have HIV and AIDs I am no exclusion I am no exemption of it, its not something strange.”
Emphasising his Christian faith Macauley stated that “for the fact that I know he (God) loves me and for the fact that he’s intervened in making people who have the wisdom to come up with things like ARVs and I believe I am looking strong today and especially so people living with HIV and AIDs would be able to make it in their lives if they have the necessary support.”
One of the very few people who have come out in the open to publicly proclaim his HIV status Macauley said he got to know about his condition “sometimes around April or May 2005”.
Looking at his somewhat well built physique Macauley pointed “as you can see it is progressing before that it was really terrible I was looking like somebody heading for the graves but for the intervention of the almighty God and for the intervention of the ARV (Anti Retro Viral) drugs as you can see I am quite healthy right now.”
Questioned how he contracted the disease, Macauley said “Frankly I don’t know but I can assure you it has not been through blood transfusion because I have never done one before and then I would almost want to say 90% it has not been through sexual immorality”
He explained “I happen to be diabetic … sometime in 2003 I was asked to go and do an HIV test infact unethically because I was not even informed by the doctor but I found out that the test paper he wrote for me had to do with an HIV test and when I read through I was negative then in 2003.”
“Up to 2005 I have only known one partner in my life and that partner is negative and were she positive then I would have said probably I contacted it from her but she is negative and I happen to turn out HIV positive in 2005 so like I said 90% I would want to believe I did not also contact it through sexual activities so well I would not know it could have been in the hospital some medical services it could have been in the house maybe some barbing saloon I really don’t know.” Asked how people can deal with the disease Macauley said “that is where care and support comes in, yes you need the medical attention but also you need those who would really show you that they love you and that is what one reverend Bigmecia who made mention that just that single word that you do care it takes some people all the way and that’s what did really take care of me.” He stated further that “the love my Christian brothers and sisters showed to me the love that my community members showed to me … I remember I was the in hospital people would fetch water in buckets and bring it all the way down to the hospital and people really didn’t, … maybe people were not thinking that I was HIV positive but I mean if even I was they took care of me until I felt stronger and until my condition got better and so I think I would say care and support is the ultimate assistance to help people who are sick especially from HIV and AIDs.