HIV-POSITIVE PEOPLE NEED SUPPORT
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