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Girlfriend Axed Boyfriend to Death Upon Discovering His HIV Medication

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A western Uganda woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her boyfriend, 35-year-old Emmanual Tumusiime, at his hime after she found him taking antiretroviral drugs. 

"Upon realizing that the lover was dead, the suspect locked the house and jumped on a Boda boda to Hoima central police where she reported a case of murder," Albertine regional police spokesperson, Mr Julius Hakiza, said in a statement. 

According to the Daily Monitor, Emmanual was hit on the head using an axe. The unidentified woman confessed to police that she had killed him after being "hurt and disappointed" that he could have "infected her" with HIV.

When a person living with HIV is on effective treatment and has their viral load suppressed to undetectable levels, it is impossible to transmit HIV to others. It is unclear whether Emmanual was undetectable, but the fact that he was on meds confirm that he was on treatment. 

The woman is currently detained at Hoima Central Police Station on murder charges. The case is being investigated at Hoima Central Police Station. 

"We call upon the victims of HIV to always inform their partners and attend counselling centers because [contracting] HIV isn't the end of life," Hakiza concluded.

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