Helen’s Story – “Use a Condom”

Posted: July 22, 2007 in Education, Health, Information, Talk Sex

Helen’s Story is a documentary that has been aired on Emtv about an extra-ordinary woman who defies stigmatation and discrimination to “speak-out” and advocate on HIV/AIDS. This story airs tonight also on Emtv and while I have not seen the documentary, I have decided to interview Helen and do my own “Helen’s Story” for 3 minutes on youtube.

In this short video Helen encourages young people who are sexually active to use a “condom” for protection as their is no other alternative. “Once you have the HIV virus thats something you will live with the rest of your life…….and if you are going to have sex, please use a condom and there is no other way I can recommend to you”.

I meet Helen during a recent BAHA Masters Trainers workshop in Port Moresby. Helen is living with HIV/AIDS and works with Anglicare Stop Aids to advocate for those people who are living in AIDS and also to tell young people about the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Helen’s Story is very motivating for those advocating for PLWHA that they are also human and they should be discriminated because of the HIV/AIDS statues.

HIV/AIDS victims have the same rights to living and basis services as you and I and it does not matter what their status is. Discrimination must have no place in our society. If you have a relative that is living with AIDS, make sure you know how best to take care of them. Having basic knowledge on HIV/AIDS helps one to care for thier relative living with AIDS.

  1. Spowf says:

    I think it’s great that EMTV are airing a documentary to its audience nationwide. This will gradually increase more awareness about the virus and create a forum for discussion – which is greatly needed in a developing society like ours where topics like sex are still viewed negatively. Great use of youtube here!

  2. Rex says:

    That’s very true indeed. Sex topics would see to be evil and discussions are all hushed up. People always seem so negative and would not contribute to this talks. I’ve seen many adults behaving like children when this is being discussed.

    Some of them would not even know the terms associate with sex and sex toys.

  3. rodney itaki says:

    rex, great work there. PNG needs more individuals or organisations to put faces to HIV/AIDS.

  4. Rex says:

    Yes Rodney.
    But sadly many individuals are self-centered and many organizations are not backing the HIV/ADIS issues. The only ones that are pushing the agenda is the NGO’s while the business houses and the Governments are not so concerned about it

  5. popol says:

    Great work Rex. I have seen Helen’s Story on EMTV and I think she is a very brave woman to have come out against stigmatization and discrimination. I’d glad of what she has done to help PNG.

  6. Rex says:

    Thanks Popol

    I need to talk to you….don’t forget to give me a holla sometimes.

  7. Ice says:

    i am just glad to see a brave woman who have came out talking about the significant issue HIV/ADIS.
    Cheers, the Miss Independent

    actually, i still remember when i was an overseas student who studying at POM Grammar 4 years ago, i have had a nice class about how to prevent the HIV/ADIS and other relevant information.

    it’s nice to read this inspiring article.



  8. Rex says:


    I have got helen’s email so if any one wants to say something to her….I will pass on her email address…..then again…maybe you post here and I will just forward it to her


  9. Rex says:


    After twelve years of living with HIV, I’m only realizing now that I am
    one of the few people to count themselves lucky due to the support,
    care and love I received from my family and friends

    A man, dies of AIDS after the family abandoned him at the hospital.
    The man tested positive to HIV 1&2 at Aba, Abia State in the year 2006
    and went on to take herbal concoction, after taking herbal concoction
    for more than six months, He became very sick and was referred to Nnamdi
    Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi (NAUTH) from there he was
    referred to join Support Group of People Living With HIV/AIDS in
    Ekwulobia (Health Link Organization).
    The man joined the group and was placed on ARV after undergoing series
    of test not knowing that the Herbal concoction he took in the past has
    destroyed his body system.
    His illness got worsens and his family abandoned him to die since
    they are aware of his status. His elder sister took him to her family
    where she cared for him for one week and decides taking him back to their
    parents who refused to accept him back.

    With financial assistance and commitment of Health Link Organization,
    he was admitted in a private hospital at Ekwulobia. None of the family
    members cared to look after him even while he was in the hospital. The
    doctor discharged him and he died two days after he was discharged
    from the hospital. When he was discharged, the family members do not want
    to touch him. It was the Coordinator of Health Link Organization and
    some members of the Organization that came and assists him to enter the

    What shall we say, what hope is there for the future of people living
    with HIV in the rural communities? Life with HIV can be as normal as
    life without HIV. We all have a role to play in spreading the word.
    Stigma and discrimination pose major barriers to controlling the spread of
    HIV in the rural area. There is acceptance of the virus at the highest
    level in urban cities, lots needs to be done to make it (the disease)
    acceptable in the society especially in the rural areas, which is still
    in a denial mode. We need to step up the level of awareness about
    HIV/AIDS and make sure we are able to deal with it more like a public health
    issue. Undoubtedly, information is readily available to all of us, but
    until it reaches the hearts and minds of people and until we move to
    support CSOs working in the rural communities so as to bring about a
    change in behaviors in these rural communities, the stigma and
    discrimination will continue to fester.

    Hearing and knowing is one thing, but feeling it is something else.
    Often we do not understand what someone is going through until the shoe
    is on our foot and that need not be. Perhaps, if we all open our minds,
    hearts and accept PLWHA, not just letting the information being
    disseminated come through one ear and go through the other, but listen,
    ponder and embrace it, then compassion would come much easier.

    Let us joins our hand and support people living with HIV and AIDS in
    our country let us look down to the rural populace, let us support CSOs
    working in the rural area,
    Together we will win.

  10. Cogy says:

    Hellow all…yeah Helen is brave young lady who has come out to talk publicly about this issue of HIV/AIDS which is good awarness to many who are still being ignorant.
    I’ve seen this program on EMTV and think it’s good!

  11. Rex says:

    It’s funny, because I’ve never seen it on EmTV yet. Anyway…..we can see the effect on Stigmatation and related it to the Goroka incident as an example.

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