- A woman has shared a post online detailing her life living with HIV
- She has dedicated herself to helping others living with the virus
- Social media users praised her brave and kind spirit
A woman has opened up about living with HIV. She shared that since beginning treatment, she has never felt better. Today, she stands in support of the thousands who are newly diagnosed, afraid to test or unable to come to terms with their status.
Barbara Kingsley took to the #ImStaying group on Facebook to open up about her HIV status. She was diagnosed with the virus in 2000. Her CD4 count dropped dangerously eight years later and she became extremely sick. She started ARV treatment and decided to go public with her status.
Since starting the treatment, the brave woman began living a healthier lifestyle. She started jogging and went on to run three Comrades Marathons. She also became an HIV activist, author and motivational speaker.
The activist stands in support of all those who have been diagnosed with HIV.
"Never underestimate the enormous power of standing beside another. The result of unconditional love and acceptance is remarkable. You don't have to know another to care. Kindness is absolutely free."
Social media users shared kind and encouraging words with her. Facebook user Venetia Naidoo said:
"Keep going strong, HIV is not a death sentence."
Pattie Mhlanga said:
"You are beautiful xx"
Victoria Manzini said:
"What an inspiration to people who think HIV diagnosis equals a death sentence."
Bonginkosi Magubane said:
"I can imagine with all the stigma attached to it, but you pulled through. God is wonderful."
Vilma Maritz said:
"You are a radiant inspiration. Best to you in everything you undertake."
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