consent form which had boxes of "yes" and "no," the nurse restated, "It's the law.''
Her private obstetrician/gynecologist (she's covered by Medicaid) told her on the phone that her tests came back abnormal and that it was important to see both her and her husband immediately. Once in the office, the doctor told Loretta that she had HIV and showed her the lab results. She was in disbelief and thought, "I'm no lab technician, how am I supposed to read this?" The doctor then gave her a prescription of ZDV and a copy of several pages from a book about AIDS.
Her first thought was that she was going to die immediately, and both she and her husband were distraught and overcome by tears. Loretta's second concern was for her baby. Her husband demanded a retest, but the doctor at first refused but later relented. The doctor referred her husband to the Health Department to be tested.
At the Health Department, they began to get answers and support. The counselors explained the test procedures, the medication, and then referred them to the FFACTS clinic. When she returned to her private obstetrician/gynecologist to get the second test results, she felt uncomfortable with him and thought that he did not know how to handle her situation. He asked if she was taking ZDV, and Loretta replied that she had not started because she did not know what it was.
What she initially knew of ZDV was through a homosexual friend who had HIV. He took ZDV, still deteriorated, and later died. She believed that ZDV caused her friend's death and so assumed that HIV led to AIDS with ZDV, and that led to death.
Her first thought was how were people going to treat her. She believed that only homosexuals and drug users were infected with HIV. She felt alone, ashamed, and dirty. She thought that people would not want to be around her and no one would take care of her baby if she was not around.
However once Loretta began seeing her current physician from the FFACTS clinic, she began to understand the benefits of ZDV. When she began learning more about the disease, she informed her family. Her baby is negative and now she is on triple therapy.
Olivia was diagnosed with HIV after donating blood. One month later, the blood drive's sponsor tracked her down and informed that she had HIV. She contacted her mother, but at that point, she felt she had nowhere to turn. Her fourteen-year-old son and her partner were both found negative.
Upon notification, physicians in her hometown of Seguin where the blood bank was located, told her that they "didn't know how to help." They referred Olivia to other several places. She finally contacted the health department in Seguin, and they referred her to the FFACTS clinic. At that point, one month after she donated blood, the physician told Olivia that she was four months