Saidy Brown, a South African lady living with HIV is a courageous woman. The lady, who was born with HIV has never let her health status deter her from living the life she ever wanted to.
Saidy Brown in a previous interview with BBC revealed that she found out that she was HIV positive at the age of 14.
“WHEN I WAS 14, I WENT TO A YOUTH DAY EVENT TO REPRESENT MY SCHOOL. AT THE EVENT, THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO DO HIV TESTS, COUNSELING AND EVERYTHING ELSE.
WHEN WE GOT THERE, THEY ASKED US IF WE WOULD LIKE TO TEST. I WAS ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO GOT TESTED. THAT’S HOW I FOUND OUT.
I WAS SHOCKED, I WAS IN DENIAL, I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. I WAS ONLY 14 AT THE TIME SO I WAS LIKE: ‘HOW? I’M ONLY 14… I HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING. HOW?’
BUT WHEN I GOT HOME AND TOLD MY AUNT AND SHE WAS THE ONE WHO TOLD ME THAT NO, I’D ACTUALLY BEEN BORN WITH IT. MY PARENTS HAD DIED FROM AIDS-RELATED DISEASES, WHICH I HAD NEVER KNOWN.
MY MUM PASSED AWAY WHEN I WAS 10, MY DAD WHEN I WAS NINE,” SHE said.
This Beautiful Woman Found Out She Was Infected With HIV At 14 Years. Team Mafisi Can’t Believe It! (PHOTOS)
The brave Saidy Brown is always advocating for the rights of HIV/AIDs patients and she is never afraid of telling her story.
“Most children born with HIV, I included… found out about their statuses by mistake. This is a pattern… a heartbreaking, traumatic, emotionally and mentally damaging pattern… please try disclose to your children, because no child deserves finding out about something like this on a random day in an HIV testing tent/ clinic consultation room alone…
It gets so confusing. You end up not even knowing how you are going to explain back at home what you found out, because we still associate HIV with sex and promiscuity…
It’s not easy, but I think it’s better finding out at home about your status,” she wrote on Facebook.
Just like any other ambitious person out there, Saidy Brown is positive about life. The bubbly lady recently shared a powerful message on Twitter leaving many touched and those living with HIV encouraged.
“HIV might have changed my life, but I would never have allowed it to limit me. I am still standing. I am still alive. I am queening. I am no victim. I am an #HIVictor,” read her message.
Here is the screenshot