I am Yosua Rumkorem from Nabire. I am 33 years old.
I am HIV positive.
When I fell sick for the first time I had high fever, I lost my appetite, and I could not sleep. Before I got sick I weighed 65kg. Then after my sudden illness my weight dropped to 40kg.
I felt so much burden and anguish. Then I asked my doctor, “What is this disease that I have? Please tell me what it is because I do not understand it.” Then I asked my mother the same question and I confessed to her that I was terrified that everyone would reject me. But my mother told me, “The most important thing is that you stay motivated and healthy, and I will always support you.”
"we do not treat yosua any different in this family"
“I can’t abandon taking ARV because it is my friend for life.”
My parents always encouraged me to go to the doctor and I started taking ARV (Antiretroviral medicine) in 2010. I did not seek for other alternative medicines and I can’t abandon taking ARV because it is my friend for life. With ARV my health got better, I regained my weight, and I am now able to do my regular activities.
At home I handle all the household chores, like cooking, washing dishes and clothes. If there were ingredients in the kitchen like vegetables and fish then I would cook my family’s favorite dishes with my own recipe. My hobby is baking and I could bake almost anything. I have a goal that I have not reached yet but one day I would like to open a restaurant.
I want everyone to know despite being HIV positive I am still healthy. To all my friends with HIV who are still living in hiding and scared to go to the closest clinic or hospital I encourage you to please come and join us.