- A man living with HIV celebrated his 30th birthday with a touching post on Twitter about living with the virus
- @Simiso_shane shared that after receiving his diagnosis, he didn't believe he would live to see his 30th birthday
- His post touched the hearts of thousands who wished him a happy birthday and shared supportive messages with him
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Living with HIV is not easy. Not only is there a lot of stigma around those infected with the virus, one also has to pay extra attention to lifestyle, exercise, diet and ensuring that you're taking the best care of yourself overall.
Albeit difficult, it is possible to live a long and healthy life. Twitter user @Simiso_shane is a living testament to this.
The young man took to Twitter to celebrate his 30th birthday and share a short inspirational message about living with HIV. Accompanied by a picture of himself, he wrote:
"This year I turn 30 and honestly for me it’s a big deal because at 21 when I got diagnosed with HIV I didn’t think I would live this long or make it to 30 but with ARVs, taking care of myself and loving myself I will be and God-willing I will grow to be an old man."
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His post racked up over 20 000 reactions from Twitter users and celebs alike who took the opportunity to wish the young man a happy birthday and long and prosperous life. Some of them also encouraged him to keep going.
TV personality and actress, @MinnieDlamini wrote:
"I wish you an AMAZING year and a bad-a** 30th!!!"
While @MmabiRanake shared her story:
"I was diagnosed at 17 with HIV, had pneumonia and TB at the same time, the doctor said chances of me reaching 21 were zero. I’m turning 33 in July. I know what you are talking about. Only the Master can make a decision about your life. Keep sharing hope."
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Meanwhile, in other Briefly.co.za news, a young woman, @iJaadee, took to Twitter to share a huge achievement - she just bought an apartment on the beach. The woman, who is an astrologer, shared how working hard helped her achieve this goal.
Her post received over 50 000 reactions, most of which were congratulatory messages from inspired Twitter users.
While many applauded her hard work, others commented on the designer purses that were propped next to her and a cute puppy on the kitchen counter. A lot of people also took the chance to rides the post's wave and advertise their own products and business.
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