Human immunodeficiency virus, more commonly known as HIV, is a disease that’s primarily transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse. The more sexual partners you acquire, the greater risk you take on at being infected.
But what do you do when you’ve only been with one partner your whole life and you find out that you are HIV positive?
This is the story of Melissa Fernando, not her real name, who is happily married to a seaman who swore loyalty to her on their wedding day. After dealing with a dragon of an ex-wife, and the normal paranoia of second wives, the two thought they were finally living a fairy tale life.
Until Melissa is summoned to fetch her husband early from his work. And she finds out that he’s gravely ill. Test results baffle the doctors on what could be wrong with Melissa’s husband–until one of them suggests he be tested for HIV, and he comes out positive.
Melissa’s life is crushed. And just when things couldn’t possibly get worse, she finds out that she’s positive too. Thinking that maybe the ex-wife was the source of the disease, Melissa confronts the woman only to be confronted by the truth that her fairy tale marriage was a sham. The ex-wife came out negative. Her husband contracted the disease after he wed Melissa.
And worst of all, Melissa’s son starts showing symptoms of having the HIV disease.
This Saturday, find out what lengths a mother would go for the safety of her son, for an assured future that she might not even witness. Together with host Mel Tiangco, Magpakailanman hopes to debunk the misconceptions about HIV and to explore the life of an HIV survivor.
Featuring the stellar Jennylyn Mercado, together with Mark Herras, Gwen Zamora, Kathleen Hermosa, and Bing Davao, Magpakailanman presents “May AIDS ang Asawa Ko,” a cautionary tale about the dangers of affairs and the truths about HIV; directed by Laurice Guillen, with a script by Senedy Que, based on the research of Jonathan Cruz.