Activist living with HIV reminds South Africans to take their ARVs

Activist living with HIV reminds South Africans to take their ARVs

- Saidy Brown is an HIV activist

- She began her treatment in 2013 and her viral load is now undetectable

- She urged those living with the condition to keep taking their ARVs

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An HIV activist from Itsoseng, North West province, took to Twitter recently to urge South Africans living with HIV to keep taking their ARVs.

Saidy Brown revealed that when she began her taking her ARVs in 2013, her CD4 count was 65. Although she was wary of the side effects, she remained on the treatment.

Five years later, her viral load is undetectable and she's as healthy as an HIV-negative person.

Saidy's post inspired thousands of tweeps, gathered. It was retweeted more than 3,000 times and liked 11,000 times.

Remarkably, she won the Red Ribbon Foundation Youth For Change HIV/AIDS Activist Award in 2017 for her activism.

Mail&Guardian also named her in its list of 200 influential young people this year. She uses her social media profiles as platforms for her activism.

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Tweeps praised her appeal for ARV use and said she is inspirational.

Some also shared their own experiences.

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