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World AIDS Day Hits Home Hard This Year.

World AIDS day is hitting home hard this year. For many years I have known about HIV/AIDS and I have known of people who were living with the virus openly as well as people who have died from it. Yet, nothing prepared me for the shock and trauma my family had to go through in the past 3 months.

World AIDS Day

My eldest brother has been living with HIV for a few years now, but in utter denial. As you know, being in denial can lead to ignorance and the phrase ‘ignorance is bliss’ does not apply in this case. For a longtime he lived normally, neglecting his health untill it completely deteriorated. He had been refusing help from my step mother and father, but eventually they had to intervene against his will. He got admitted into hospital and I am glad to say he is recovering. He is also being treated for TB.

Many times it is hard to relate to a situation that is far from you, but having my brother go through this was an eye opener for me. We have HIV/AIDS thrown into our faces so often that we eventually become tired from hearing about it and ignorant towards it. This world AIDS Day I want to encourage you not to take chances with your health. Know your status and save your loved ones the trauma of seeing your health deteriorate because you didn’t take care of yourself.

Ignorance Kills

I owe many thanks to Pastor John Allen from the International Community Christian Church in Pretoria for all his support and prayers throughout this time.

Please help us pray that my brothers’ health continues improving so that he can be a father to his son.

Let’s continue the discussion in the comments and on twitter. I am @richmondsajini.

Do you have any HIV/AIDS stories of your own or of someone who you know?

Are you getting tested?

Article written by:

Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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  1. MyThoughts

    I know at least 3 of my family relatives (cousin, aunt & uncle) who are living with HIV. The 2 of these 3 were expected to be infected (I don’t mean it in a bad way) because of the industry they work in.
    The way they’ve dealt with it is remarkable. I think acceptance and unconditional support is key, because we’ve also learnt to accept their condition and freed ourselves away from the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS.
    I’m glad to hear that your brother is getting well again.

    • Richmond_S

      You’re so right! We need to be educated about dealing with it and how to support those affected then eventually the stigma will be a thing of the past.
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