HIV-POS­I­TIVE PEO­PLE NEED SUP­PORT

DRUM - - Ed's Note -

I be­lieve poverty is a big con­trib­u­tor to the HIV pan­demic (Liv­ing pos­i­tively, 30 Novem­ber). How can un­em­ployed peo­ple in ru­ral ar­eas af­ford healthy food? ARVs sup­press the virus so the body can re­turn to good health, but ARVs alone won’t do the trick.

Peo­ple who are liv­ing with HIV need to have a balanced diet and lead healthy life­styles. They’re also ad­vised not to drink or smoke. The depart­ment of so­cial ser­vices should con­sider giv­ing grants to peo­ple with HIV so they can af­ford healthy food and med­i­ca­tion.

I would also like to en­cour­age our com­mu­ni­ties not to dis­crim­i­nate against those with HIV. It isn’t a death sen­tence. Those liv­ing with the virus can still lead nor­mal lives and con­trib­ute to our econ­omy. It’s our sole re­spon­si­bil­ity to use con­doms and be tested reg­u­larly to know our sta­tus. AMOS TEBEILA, MOHLALETSE VIL­LAGE

To peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/Aids, I want to say I love you so much. Be­ing HIV­pos­i­tive doesn’t change your value and shouldn’t af­fect your self-es­teem. You still re­main our broth­ers and sis­ters, whom we love very much.

I wish every­one a happy New Year, and we must re­mem­ber to con­tinue to be re­spon­si­ble for our bod­ies, by tak­ing med­i­ca­tion on time, ex­er­cis­ing reg­u­larly, re­duc­ing neg­a­tiv­ity (such as al­co­hol abuse and un­pro­tected sex) and be­ing pos­i­tive by chas­ing your dreams. WISE­MAN MKHWANAZI, EMAIL

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