Fortunata Kasege had just arrived in America as a pregnant newlywed when she found out she had contracted HIV. She shares her story of survival and hope.
On Dec. 3, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at its 25th anniversary celebration. The organization works globally to stop the spread of mother-to-child HIV transmission, which is passed to 700 babies daily. Its services have so far reached 17 million women. One beneficiary of the preventative treatments is Fortunata Kasege who left her hometown of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and arrived in Houston, Texas, as a newlywed pregnant student, unaware she was HIV-positive. Kasege, an educator and ambassador to the Foundation, shares her harrowing and transformative story: