An HIV activist who has been living with HIV for 20 years says changing her lifestyle after being diagnosed was the best thing she has ever done. Fezeka says another thing that helped her stay strong was to confront the virus by teaching it to behave in her body.
“Living with HIV I had to teach this virus to behave and peacefully live in MY body. I keep the HIV undetected with ARV’s. I have had to make a lot of lifestyle changes for me to be 20 years living with HIV this year and raise my children,” Fezeka says.
Also, everyday I remind myself I am a fighter a beautiful fighter. And these were hard times and still I smiled. Only I can see the tears In these eyes, she adds.
Learning that you are HIV-positive can be one of the most difficult experiences you go through in life. You may feel scared, sad or even angry – this is OK, and a completely natural part of coping with something that can be life changing.
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 HIV. Ultimately, everyone’s lives are different – how you cope with your diagnosis and how you move forward will be unique.
Fezeka reminds HIV sufferers that it’s possible to live a healthy normal life after being diagnosed with the virus. Patients just need to learn to accept and take control of their bodies.
“There’s life after HIV!”