Breaking the stigma: Inspirational man opens up about living with HIV

Breaking the stigma: Inspirational man opens up about living with HIV

Wade Schaerer, a HIV-positive flight attendant who made headline a while ago, has taken to social media to educate people on living with the virus.

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On Sunday, Wade Schaerer took to Twitter to share a bit of information on life as a HIV-positive man and he proved that the virus does not limit a person's life.

"For me, this is all that #HIV is... one pill at night - the rest is #stigma. What most people don't know - is that this pill suppresses the virus in my body & prevents me from transmitting HIV. #UequalsU," he captioned a photo of himself.

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South Africans were inspired by Schaerer's post and they praised him for speaking up about living with HIV.

Alastair McAlpine, who goes by the Twitter handle @AlastairMcA30, commented: "Go Wade, go! You’re an inspiration!"

Earlier this year, Schaerer shared a post on Twitter about his test results.

"My latest blood results can't detect #HIV in my blood. I am living proof that #ARV treatment works! I have an undetectable viral load, this means that HIV is not a threat to my health & it also means that I can't transmit the virus! Follow the science, not stigma!" he wrote.

Last year, Briefly.co.za reported about the 26-year-old Johannesburg flight attendant that was left without an income for four months after he disclosed to the Civil Aviation Authority that he is HIV-positive.

Schaerer found out he was HIV-positive in 2017, but he has been open about his status since the beginning because he felt it helped to talk about it.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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