But remember, HIV doesn’t have to stop you living a long, happy and fulfilling life. With the right treatment and support, it is possible to live as long as the average person.
There are a lot of misconceptions about what it means to be living with HlV. Ultimately, everyone’s lives are different – how you cope with your diagnosis and how you move forward will be unique.
Read these stories about some people’s experiences of being diagn0sed with and living with HlV.
Three decades later, celebrities in South Africa and abroad increasingly are stepping up as ambassadors for change and positive living, in spite of the virus – fitting for this year’s World A!ds Day theme of‚ “Know Your Status”.
Here are famous faces that used their celebrity and HlV status to advocate for compassion and awareness around HlV:
Lesego Motsepe, who was known for her role as Lettie Matabane in Isidingo, disclosed her status on World A!ds Day in 2011.
Prominent South African celebrities who are living with HIV
Sophie Ndaba illness