Mom of 3 celebrates 28th birthday, living with HIV for 10 years

Mom of 3 celebrates 28th birthday, living with HIV for 10 years

- Niqita Pieterse's world was changed after she was raped and her mom soon passed away

- At the age of 18, Niqita learnt that she was HIV-positive

- However, ten years on and Niqita has three healthy children and raising awareness amongst South Africans

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South Africa is known for being home to resilient and brave people and a 28-year-old Durban-based woman epitomises this perfectly.

Niqita Pieterse's teenage years were turbulent and the young lady tragically became a rape victim at the age of 16.

Two years later, her mother passed away and Niqita's worst fears were soon realised - she was diagnosed HIV-positive.

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Niqita's mom died from an Aids-related illness and it was only natural for the young lady to fear the worst.

TimesLIVE reported that Niqita thought it was the beginning of the end, but she's grateful to still be alive ten years later.

Niqita recalled, “When I found out, it was too much for me. At some point I thought I was going to die.”

Niqita was still coming to terms with her condition, when a family member shared the news without her consent.

Initially, she was heartbroken, but this eventually changed to feeling relieved and grateful that it was out in the open.

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Niqita religiously took her medication and still remains healthy. She's even given birth to three healthy, HIV-negative children. learnt that she met her partner in 2014 at a club and he's accepted her for who she is.

These days, Niqita is using her HIV status to positive effect by helping other South Africans.

She raises awareness and assists those who reach out to her via social media.

Niqita said, “I’ve had friends and family members distance themselves from me, but I am grateful for being able to share my story because people are diagnosed every day. Sometimes, they have no-one to talk to, so I’m not doing this just for myself.”

Meanwhile, previously reported that Doreen Moraa has been living with HIV for 20 years.

The 27-year-old revealed that doctors told her when she was eight years old that she would never see past her 12th birthday.

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