- Asanda Dayimani is a young lady who has been living with a positive HIV diagnosis for three years
- To raise awareness and break the stigma, Asanda shared an inspiring post to the #ImStaying group on Facebook
- Asanda shared her story and tried her best to encourage those living with HIV and Stayers loved her post
December is known as World Aids Month across the globe. Young Asanda Dayimani spoke about her HIV status in an attempt to raise awareness on living with the virus. Asanda shared some gorgeous pictures of herself with an inspiring caption to accompany them.
Asanda has been living with HIV for three years now. She tried to encourage those who may receive a positive diagnosis by saying that they're not alone in this journey.
Asanda urged those who received a positive diagnosis to stay calm when they find out. She said that living with HIV doesn't stop one from living a long, happy and fulfilled life. She added that she doesn't regard her status as a "big deal" any more.
Asanda's full post read:
"Since its World Aids Month, three years and counting living with HIV. Let me encourage those ones who find themselves living with HIV.
"Try to stay calm and remember that you're not the only one dealing with this, to me it's no longer a big deal, I even take my meds [in] public. HIV doesn't have to stop you from living a long life, happy and fulfilled life."
Asanda shared her inspiring post to the #ImStaying group on Facebook. Stayers enjoyed her positive attitude and shared their love for her in the comments section.
Jackie Maome said:
"So proud of you. Thank you for sharing. You are beautiful."
Cheryl Jones wrote:
"May you continue to go from strength to strength."
Mvuyie Fiona Ngqawa commented:
"I love you, we need more people like you to spread such messages. HIV is a chronic manageable disease, it is nothing to be ashamed of."
Zelda Britz added:
"Hunny you are BEAUTIFUL, BRAVE and a WARRIOR. You hold your head up high OK. Sending you hugs."
On World Aids Day, Briefly.co.za reported on people sharing their stories of hope and positivity online. World Aids Day was founded in the late 1980s and many used their online platforms to share stories in an attempt to spread the word about the severity of an HIV infection. However, the day is not just for spreading awareness.
1 December is also designated to mourn the loss of those who passed from Aids-related illnesses. Briefly.co.za took a look at Twitter to see what South Africans and those around the world have to say about World Aids Day.
"Happy World Aids Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the Aids pandemic. Wear your ribbon with pride. #WorldAIDSDay."
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