Nolufefe Jojo, a 45-year-old woman from Marikana Squatter camp in Cape Town, want people living with HIV/Aids to know that it’s not the end of the world.
She was diagnosed in 2002.
“When I heard that I had the disease I wanted to die but the thought of leaving my kids behind is what kept me fighting", said Jojo.
She also found out while she was pregnant at the same time.
“At first I was shocked because I had only one partner. I was afraid what people would say about me because when a person gets sick, everyone has something to say but my kids kept me going," she added.
"On December 1, it is World Aids day, meaning people living with this disease will get support but they also need to accept the situation so that it becomes easy for other people to support them," added Jojo. She went to say that knowing that the situation won’t change is the first step in living a healthy lifestyle. She added that eating healthy and staying away from alcohol also helps and even those that are positive can still live longer just like any other person.
"We are still the same people that we were before being infected, we don't have to spread the disease by sleeping with our partners without condoms and the mentality of wanting to infect others because just because we were also infected. It is wrong in so many ways", she added.
Jojo said World Aids Day allow people to unite in the fight against HIV.
"This day is to show support to those living with HIV and I hope we get to support all the time not only this day because some find it difficult to accept that they are infected,” added Jojo.
She went on saying that the ribbon that most people wear in this day means a lot to them. "Knowing that people are supporting you is another thing that keeps us going, some don't have families and need all the help they can get,” added Jojo.