2018 has brought with it many highs and lows. Briefly.co.za now looks at some memorable moments this year when HIV-positive individuals have inspired us all.
Earlier this year, Briefly.co.za reported on the inspirational attitude of HIV activist Zikhona Dingile.
The 26-year-old lady is HIV-positive but fought against discrimination via social media.
Dingile revealed how the stigma has affected her whenever she disclosed her status.
She urged people not to be afraid to disclose their HIV status but also appealed to the public to be more accepting and understanding.
Briefly.co.za also reported on how Dingile gave tweeps the feels earlier this year when she praised her best friend, Sinazo Andries.
Motsumi admitted she had been in denial about being HIV-positive for a long time.
The 29-year-old’s story is an interesting one as she initially contracted the virus while only 17 years of age.
The virus was passed on to her by an HIV-positive celebrity who has since passed away.
Motsumi eventually accepted her HIV status 3 years later and started taking ARVs.
However, she stopped when she joined a church with a pastor who claimed he could cure the condition.
After stopping the ARV treatment, she was hospitalised for 6 months as her condition deteriorated.
She’s dedicated her life to educating the youth on HIV and to urge them to live positively.
Motsumi refers to herself as uBabes we HIV via social media to shine a light on the issue.
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