Man opens up living with HIV: "I was diagnosed, not sentenced"

Man opens up living with HIV: "I was diagnosed, not sentenced"

- An inspiring man has taken to social media to open up about his HIV status

- He said that his positive diagnosis was not a death sentence but rather changed his life purpose

- His post inspired others to open up about their own experiences with the condition

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A man has opened up about living with HIV. He proudly shared his story on social media and said that his diagnosis was not a death sentence. His post called for an end to the stigma associated with the condition.

SirSbonelo Dee took to the #ImStaying Facebook group to share his story. He says that his HIV diagnosis changed his life purpose significantly but it does not define him.

"I'm a man, a father, a brother, a son and a lover of finer things. Our sickness doesn't define us, but our strength and courage does"

Man opens up living with HIV: "I was diagnosed, not sentenced"

Source: Facebook/ImStaying
Source: Facebook

Social media users were inspired by his positive outlook. Facebook user Duduzile Mntambo said:

"People need to be informed about HIV not just depend on assumptions. Being HIV+ is not death sentence n people must learn that you cannot just transmit the virus just because you are HIV+ . There is life after being diagnosed HIV+ . In fact it is better than most chronic diseases out there"

Tlhoki Raps said:

"I'm glad you are living positively with your status.. Here's to many more years of life for you"

Nonhlanhla Tibane said:

"I always see ladies encouraging us about living with HIV, thought men aren't. It's good to know we fighting together. Siyanqoba fighting for HIV free generation"

Connie Shibambo said:

"You just had to throw flames at us handsome yoh"

Antonica Kirkman said:

"Wow... I like your strength and boldness to talk about your situation openly... I like the positivity... wow... keep it up"

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Tharby Rsa said:

"I always had fear of opening up about my status , but thanks to you I'll learn to love myself more and take my status positively #IamStaying"

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