In this post: Prevention as a tool to stop HIV/AIDS. A new story from our amazing FH staff in Mozambique.
Esmeralda is a young lady of 19 years. She participated in our HIV/AIDS programs in 2007 and voluntarily signed a pledge to be abstinent until marriage. Today, three years after signing her pledge, Esmeralda is very excited to share with the staff that she still keeps her promise.
It is not easy to be abstinent, I know. But if you want, you can be. My friends sometimes make fun of me, call me names like “lesbian,” but I know that I am doing the right thing. I will keep on keeping on.
I had a boyfriend who did not accept me and my commitment … I felt shocked when he broke up with me and started a relationship with my friend, but one thing I believe is that when someone loves you, understands you and cares for you, [you can wait]. So these are some of the principles that guide me and encourage me.
My family supports my decision, especially my twin sister. I know that by being abstinent I will be free from sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, and it helps me avoid unwanted pregnancy. I always read the “Choose Life” manual, and my favorite session is number 1: Being Content and Happy. It is a session that encouraged me to sign the pledge and still encourages me to keep it.
My hope was to get a boyfriend who would understand that dating is not having sex — someone who would understand me. My wish is to get married at the age of 22 and become faithful too, to my husband.
I am very happy with my decision, and I am going to keep it.