Wonders they say shall never end. Ghanaian actress and HIV/AIDS Awareness Ambassador, Joyce Dzidzor Mensah has denied ever having HIV.
For many years, Ghanaians have known Joyce Dzidzor as an HIV patient. According to her, she contracted the HIV in 2007 when she had sexual intercourse with a man at her church.
“I contacted the disease in 2007, through a member of my church. I was to spend a night with him in his house. When he removed his clothes, I saw some kind of rashes all over his body. I was terrified, as I innocently asked him why he was like that. He covered up, saying it was a minor skin infection and that it was nothing serious. But when he wanted to make love to me, I insisted that he must use condom. He told me that he didn’t like using condom.
“However, when I insisted, he agreed but he never used it. He removed it while entering into me. We did it several times that night. After few weeks, I became pregnant for him. When I told him, I was pregnant, he advised me to abort the baby. But I refused, insisting on keeping the baby. He later warned me that if insisted, I would have myself to blame in future. I never knew what he meant until I was diagnosed HIV positive. He also infected other ladies in the church before he died.”
Since then, she has been on several platforms educating people on the dangers of living with HIV and how they can protect themselves.
She also produced an HIV-themed movie “My Cross Roads” which featured herself, John Dumelo, Ekow Smith Asante, Vicky Zugah, Benjamin Kwadey among others and was promoted here on GhanaGist.Com.
But the sad reality is that, she doesn’t have HIV and all that was lies. She said she decided to fake the fact that she is HIV to help because of the stigmatization against of persons living with HIV.
Speaking on TV3’s New Day with Nana Aba Anamoah, she said “I don’t have HIV/AIDS”. She also denied benefiting financially from the Ghana AIDS Commission when she was made the HIV/AIDS Awareness Ambassador.
When asked why she has come forward to let the cat out of the bag, she said the reason is because people have been telling lies about her. And the lies are that, she’s dead and died of HIV.
When she was asked if she is aware that she can be sued, she answered “Something like that”.