I felt quite pleased to have been able to mobilize a family - Nasma Jumabay, TCE Program field Officer in Guijá district
“During my door-to-door campaign activities and interpersonal contact for mobilizing and raising community awareness on the change of risky behavior in relation to HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, I went to a family in order to provide a meeting with a grown woman.
During the conversation with the woman we spoke of the correct and consistent use of condoms as one of the HIV prevention methods and other sexually transmitted diseases. She said she does not wear a condom during sexual intercourse because she trusts her husband, even though the husband has been “travelling away".
Understanding her husband's situation who has many partners, I mobilized the lady in order to change this behavior since she can be at risk. In the mobilization of this grown woman it was not possible to persuade her to use a condom because she had first to speak with her husband about the matter.
Three months later, I returned to that family in order to do a follow-up, see if she already uses a condom correctly or not, and to do her a test.
The lady said she had spoken with her husband and that he accepted to use condoms since not only it prevents HIV but also unwanted pregnancies and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The lady thanked me a lot for my work and I, as field officer, felt quite pleased to have been able to mobilize the lady in becoming bonded to condom use in the situation where the spouse has several partners.
The lady asked for me to come back the next day to meet her husband and to mobilize him so that he can understand the risk he is subject to having multiple partners and to sensitize him to do an HIV test together as a way to make it more convenient within the couple the use of a condom"- says Nasma in the expectation of getting the couple to have a healthier behavior towards HIV / AIDS.