An HIV positive man has opened up about his journey. The 36-year-old was diagnosed with the virus when he was 20 years old. He encouraged others to test and know their status.
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Xabza Xaba took to the #ImStaying Facebook group to share his story. He was diagnosed at 20 and has been living healthy for 16 years. He believes that knowing one's status will help end stigma against the condition.
"All I want to say is get tested and know your HIV status. Let us end stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV"
Social media users were impressed by the man's selflessness and bravery. Facebook user Sebina Violet said:
"Sooo brave I like it"
Juliana Jordaan said:
"So true.. my mother was also diagnosed with HIV 22 years ago and she never gave up and lived a healthy life.. early this year she used STC30 stemcells and her CD4 count is so high and the HIV is undetectable, the doctors was so surprised... stay positive and eat healthy always... but also know there is a cure..God is great"
Zilungile Matama Ndibongo said:
"I'm so inspired by people like you. Stay well. God will bless you with many more years"
Priscilla Mabotse Dolamo said:
"Say it LOUD and proud. Thank you for your courage and inspiring others. Bless"
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Glenda Van Der Westhuizen said:
"You are an inspiration to many other people living with HIV. Thank you. Blessings in abundance always"
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