HIV activist opens up about relationship stigmas and rejection

HIV activist opens up about relationship stigmas and rejection

- Zikhona opened up about how HIV ended her relationship

- Her boyfriend left her soon after learning she was HIV positive

- They had dated for more than a year

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A Cape Town-based HIV activist has opened up about how her HIV-positive status ended her relationship.

In a series of Twitter posts, 26-year-old Zikhona Dingile said her boyfriend of one year decided to leave her upon learning of her status.

She's therefore not ready for a new relationship because she is wary of being rejected and stigmatised, Briefly.co.za learned.

Zikhona accompanied her posts with screenshots of her WhatsApp and Facebook chats with her ex-boyfriend.

In the chats, her ex-boyfriend said he was leaving her because he was afraid of being judged for being with a HIV-positive woman.

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Zikhona explained that with careful management of HIV viral loads, discordant couples can still be together and have HIV-negative babies. However, her ex was still reluctant.

The brave activist's Twitter followers sent her supportive messages and urged her to remain strong. See some of their reactions below.

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Briefly.co.za previously reported how Zikhona is on a mission to tackle HIV stigma and discrimination through her social media campaign.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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