‘Fake’ HIV/AIDS ambassador arrested

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Police Service has arrested Joyce Dzidzor Mensah, the former HIV/AIDS ambassador who confessed to being HIV negative in December.

The PRO of the CID, ASP Joseph Darkwah confirmed the arrest to Citi News and said that Madam Mensah was accompanied by her lawyer and was helping in their investigations.

He revealed that the arrest was made after a complaint was filed by the Ghana AIDS Commission to the Police against Madam Mensah.

 

“We invited Ms. Mensah and she reported this morning to assist with investigations,” he said

“The AIDS Commission made a complaint to us that one time she claimed to be  HIV positive but she is now claiming to be negative.”

Mr. Darkwah added that Madam Mensah would be eligible for bail after she is interrogated by the police and “report later for us to continue with the investigations.”

Joyce Dzidzor Mensah, last December revealed that she has never been infected with the virus, despite parading as a carrier for several years.
However, the Ghana AIDS Commission has rejected this, and issued a statement insisting that  she had tested positive for HIV in 2007.

In an interview with the Daily Guide newspaper, Madam Mensah explained that she knew that the truth about her status “was going to come out and this is the time.”

She apologized to the hundreds of churches both locally and abroad who invited her to share her story.

But she insisted that she did not regret her actions saying that “it was worth it because a lot of lives were saved through my advocacy work.”

“I also plead with schools, institutions and banks who have all benefited from my story to forgive me,” she added.

 

The story she peddled for years

I contracted 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.

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By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana

 

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