“I have used the clinic for more than one service in the past 10yrs, it has been a journey of good service and sometimes great disappointment,” said Nthatisi.

She has used the Mphohadi clinic services since 2002 with her first pregnancy. “When I found out I was pregnant I went to the clinic for the relevent check ups, since then I have had a relationship with the clinic,” said Nthatisi.

“I attended pre-birth classes and the clinic assisted me a lot as I was a first-time mom. But at times the clinic would be out of folic acid pills and on some days there would be no electricity,” she added. After giving birth Nthatisi continued to use the Mphohadi clinic, taking her then newborn baby for check ups.

“Shortly after giving birth I found out I was HIV-positive, and it was not an easy road for me,” said Nthatisi. “I thought it was the end, but with the conselling from the clinic I came to understand that I can take ARVs and still lead a normal life,” she said.

She has been on ARV treatment since 2004 and visit the clinic every month for a check up and to collect her ARV treatment.

Recently Nthatisi also gave birth to a baby girl. She under went all the classes and followed all the advice for a person with her HIV status. “My second born is a girl, she is healthy and HIV negative. Clinics are not bad like many people say, the Mphohadi clinic has played a major role in my life.”

Nthatisi encourages other people to consult with clinics especially for HIV/AIDS services.

Selloane Molakeng is the OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from the Thabo Mofutsanyana health district in the Free State