- Zikhona is living with HIV but isn't afraid to let people know
- She is on a mission to fight stigma and discrimination
- Tweeps have praised her bravery and campaign
A 26-year-old woman living with HIV is on a mission to tackle stigma and discrimination through her social media campaign.
Zikhona Dingile, from Cape Town, wrote a Twitter thread recently in which she declared that HIV does not define who she is, Briefly.co.za gathered. She began by saying:
I'm not what has happened to me. I am HIV+; it's in my bloodstream. It doesn't define who I am. Stop stigma and discrimination. If you can accept cancer and diabetes, why not HIV?
Zikhona revealed how HIV-positive people often face rejection from friends, lovers, and even families. She appealed to society to stop judging people living with the condition.
The human resources student recalled how the first person she disclosed her status to judged her and almost made her lose hope. She urged HIV-positive people to accept themselves.
Zikhona explained that many lives would be saved if society was more supportive of people living with HIV. Such people need support in order to stay on life-saving medication.
Tweeps praised Zikhona's brave campaign and HIV activism. See some of their reactions below.
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