Merry Christmas to you all. Enjoy the song at this link:
This is a song that I wrote in 2005 to participate in a Christmas song contest in Haiti (Konkou chante Nwèl Telemax). The song depicts the story of one of my HIV positive patients that I was treating back in 2004 in Boucan Carre, Haiti. In December 2004 my patient told me: “Doctor, while many people are asking Santa Claus for a new house, or a new car, or lots of money, or gold and diamonds and the kids are expecting beautiful toys, me all that I am asking Santa is health and good and reliable access to Antiretrovirals so that I can be able to get better, stand up and walk home”. He was questioning himself on the mode of transmission of HIV and how he was potentially infected. I was extremely touched by his statements and I told him that I wanted to write a song about his story. He authorized me to share his story with the world. Unfortunately this patient, who became my friend, died of HIV/AIDS in July 2005. I was extremely saddened by his death. I didn’t win the song contest, but I was extremely happy that I could write the song and share his story.
Good people, HIV is real. We all have a role to play in its treatment, prevention and control. Enjoy this music video and don’t forget to have a special thought to all those suffering with HIV/AIDS during this Christmas season.