Ghanaian man forced out of job over HIV/AIDS

Ghanaian man forced out of job over HIV/AIDS

A 45-year-old teacher, Gerald Antwi, was forced to quit his job after he contracted HIV/AIDS and the school where he was teaching got wind of the news.

The former religious studies teacher and HIV/AIDS coordinator of a school in Kumasi contracted the disease during a five-year relationship with a female teacher he met in 1992, according to a report by myjoyonline.com.

According to him, the results came and it was confirmed to him that he was HIV positive.

Antwi was put on a counseling session at least twice a week, but unfortunately for him the location of the sessions was the same place women in the town used to go for birth-related consulting, so the mother one of  the pupils saw him one day and reported him to the school's proprietor.

The female colleague died of a strange disease suddenly, prompting Antwi to rush to the hospital to check his health status in the year 2000.

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He said the proprietor immediately began harassing him to make available his medical report and  that after the pressure became unbearable, he quit the job because he didn’t want his HIV/AIDS status to be known.

Antwi said after he quit, rumours spread that he had contracted the disease and he was shunned by close friends and family members.

He said even his landlord evicted him, compelling him to put up with his sister for some time.

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Antwi appealed to the government to resolve some of the challenges confronting people living with HIV/AIDS.

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