by a Wise Youth member In February 2016, I heard about the AIDS 2016 Conference, and was nominated to be amongst the IAS sponsorship applicants. The application included a justification part wherein I had to strongly advocate for myself to be picked: that is where my innovative part came in. I brainstormed until I came […]
The 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa was the greatest experience for me. I was one of more than 15,000 attendees from around the world who participated in AIDS 2016, where I met amazing people from different countries and backgrounds who are living with HIV.
I was afraid of telling my closest friend about my status, worried that she would stop being my friend and that she would tell others that I was HIV positive. I was living with my grandmother, and she told everyone who visited our family even though I wasn’t ready to reveal my status to them. […]