Zahra (not her real name), 39, found out that she was HIV positive when she went for a medical check-up during her pregnancy 17 years ago. Soon after she gave birth, her husband died from brain tumour and she was left alone to care for her son, who is now 16 years old. A former nurse, Zahra found it tough to find a stable job to support her family due to her HIV status. She faced a lot of stigma and discrimination when applying for jobs, especially those that require her to do a HIV test. She also needs to go for frequent medical check-ups and follow-ups which caused a financial drain on her. However, due to stress and her deteriorating health, Zahra defaulted on her treatment regime and developed resistance to her first-line treatment. As a result, she now needs second-line treatment which is not provided free at government hospitals. The medications cost her up to RM500 a month. Zahra was delighted when she qualified for the MyLady Assistance Scheme run by the Malaysian AIDS Foundation. The programme gives her the opportunity to expand her family’s business by equipping her with vocational skills and financial aid. She has set her sights on opening a restaurant so she can better provide for her family. “My family is all that I have left in this world. They have been with me through good and bad times. I am so happy to be given this chance to turn my life around and become a successful business woman one day,” she said.

My Story

I am a fundraiser for Malaysian AIDS Foundation. The reason of me initiating this donation page is because I have seen how people can be so supportive to help the ones who are helping themselves. Zahra is one of best example I can portray. She reminded me a lot to my late mother - although my late mom was not HIV+ but she was a lady who was willing to sacrifice herself for her children. I am here not to only stand with Zahra to continue her journey, I am also here to continue my late mother's legacy for being an Iron Lady. I'm sure you think the same about your mother - and for that, let's stand together for our mothers!

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