Controversy and former HIV/AIDS ambassador Joyce Dzidzor Mensah seem to be bedfellows. Over the years, she has been embroiled in one scandal or the other and they seem to have affected her children reason she is appealing to the public to stop victimising them.
According to her, the decision she took to declare her positive status and become an AIDS ambassador just to secure a better future some years ago is now doing more harm than good to her children.
“My children are going through a lot, they cannot go to school; I recall one day my son came home from school saying that I should stop the HIV project because they call him the ‘AIDS boy’ in school.
“Just recently, my daughter, who got admission into a school, was sent home because according to a mail sent to me by the authorities they read on the internet that I have HIV. My question is should a child be denied access to education because of HIV even if it is true?
“Yes, I made a mistake by taking on this task and I didn’t know it will hurt my children this way. My children do not have anything in their blood. I want my life and my children’s back and that is why I am going to all these lengths to clear the air.
“I have not stolen any money like has been rumored, my children have a life to live, they should not suffer for a decision I made,” she said in tears at a presser at the Press Centre in Accra on Wednesday, June 2.
In order to back her story, Joyce and her children took an HIV test in the presence of the media. When the results came, she tested positive while her children tested negative.