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20-year-old gets HIV ‘in exchange’ for exams fees



play videoA man, twice her age, offered to help but demanded a ‘night under the sheets’


My Status, a JoyNews’ Hotline Documentary, tells the story of a 20-year-old girl who became HIV positive after she had unprotected sex with a man who promised to pay for her exam registration fees.

Akosua, not her real name, needed some money to resit her West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) final exams after she failed in two core subjects.

The under-pressured 20-year-old Akosua succumbed to the demand from her helper but little did she know that her benefactor was HIV positive.

“Later on he invited me to his house, I went to his house, I did not know what came and we had sexual intercourse,” Akosua recounted.

Now she is one of the over 335,000 people living with the virus in Ghana. She has been sharing her story with JoyNews Fostina Sarfo in our latest hotline documentary ‘’MY STATUS.’’

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