A lot of people who are HIV positive treat their status like a highly classified secret out of fear how other would react to them once it's public.
However, some people have decided there was nothing to be ashamed of, they would not let their HIV status, or any other person, determine their worth.
Take Fortue Nosiwe for an example- she's a beautiful woman who has the courage to let others know one can have HIV and still life a long and happy life.
Taking to social media, Nosiwe let people know she might be HIV positive, but she's still beautiful.
Nosiwe's pure honesty inspired tweeps, who praised her for not letting society dictate how she should feel about herself.
"You're status does not, will never, no matter how hard they try, wish or pray, determine the beauty that is you. YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL", one tweep wrote.
Nosiwe is not the first person who has the virus to open up about it and inspire others.
As Briefly.co.za reported previously, 36-year-old Sameshni Moodley, a HIV positive woman, shared how she lost 25kg to life a healthy life.
Sameshni suffered a psychological setback when she was diagnosed with HIV in 2008. Luckily, she managed to turn her life around.
Remember that you are not alone. Ask for the support of family and friends and you may be surprised by their reactions.
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