Previously on Romeo and Juliet, a fairy tale romance between 2 lovers of different ethnicity turned sour when Romeo of them was discovered to have HIV and HCV as well as tuberculosis. Juliet was brought to the clinic for screening.
And now the story continues….
Juliet walked into Jimbo’s clinic followed by Romeo. It’s been a week since Jimbo last saw them. Juliet looked as if she hasn’t slept a wink all week. Her eyes were watery and there were bags under them. There was fear in her eyes and anxiety. The dreaded question must have played over and over again in her mind all week: “Do I have HIV?”
She didn’t smile.
In contrast, Romeo almost bounced into the clinic happily. His health has been progressively improving since he was started on anti-TB therapy. He wore a broad smile on his face.
Juliet sat next to Jimbo at the consultation table. On his hands were the print-outs of the results of her screening last week. She looked at Jimbo in dreaded anticipation.
Jimbo asked her how was she, and she just nodded and mumbled something incomprehensible in reply.
In a diabolical kind of way, at that precise moment, Jimbo felt a little like Ryan Seacrest on American Idol, who is about to announce whether a particular contestant made it to the next round!
Jimbo read out the results:
Hepatitis B screen: non-reactive
Hepatitis C screen: non-reactive
Chest Xray: no evidence of tuberculosis
HIV 1/2 screen: NON-REACTIVE!
Jimbo explained to Juliet what those results meant.
And then, in the blink of an eye, Juliet’s face lit up as if a heavy burden has suddenly been lifted from her shoulders. A smile broke forth on her face.
If not for the sake of propriety, Jimbo would have hugged her and swung her around and say “Juliet, you are cleared! You have made it to the next round!!!”.
Romeo was ecstatic as well. Despite the smile, Jimbo was sure he has been worried to death.
The rest of the consultation was done away quickly. Juliet was counseled to get herself screened again in 6 months. Romeo was counseled on starting anti-HIV therapy and then Jimbo bid them adieu.
And as the door closed behind them, a wide smile broke out on Jimbo’s face.
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