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Meet Proud south African And Zimbabwean Celebrities Who Are Living With HIV

South Africa is one of the countries with the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world. Although a lot of awareness programs have been created to ensure that people are well-educated about the virus, sadly, many people are still ignorant about the subject.

Even though it’s not mandatory to reveal their status in public, some South African celebrities who are HIV positive have bravely announced their status to the world as a way of creating awareness and encouraging others to know their status.


Tendayi Westerhof

Tendayi slammed celebrities in Zimbabwe for not speaking out and revealing their status. She believes that people who are of a certain celebrity status have the power to educate people. The model and businesswoman revealed her status in 2003.


Saidy Brown

Another South African celebrity who is HIV positive sees herself as a "HIV victor" and has one of the world's brightest grins.


At the age of 14, Saidy Brown, who was born with HIV, claimed to the BBC that she had no idea she was infected. Because of her parents' death from AIDS-related complications, she had no idea what happened to them.


Saidy remained in denial for the following four years, and finally came out as transgender when she was 18 years old. Since then, she's been living a good life in all its glory, no holds barred. With her advocacy, she received the Red Ribbon Foundation Youth For Change HIV/AIDS Activist Award in 2017 and continues to raise awareness about HIV and mental health.


Musa ‘Queen’ Njoko

She is a gospel performer, a businessman, and an inspirational speaker known for her work in the fields of business and spirituality. As one of the South African celebrities living with HIV, she is also a role model for others.


When she was diagnosed with tuberculosis 20 years ago, the Queen was already infected with the infection. Her life was in danger since the doctors failed to recognise her tuberculosis right away.


As a musician and entrepreneur, Musa Njoko has also played a significant role in raising HIV/AIDS awareness in schools, campaigning for the rights of persons living with the illness, and providing educational resources.


Criselda Kananda Dudumashe.

TV and radio personality Criselda Kananda is a content creator, businesswoman, HIV-awareness campaigner, and ex-nurse. One of the rare South African celebrities who has had the virus for an extended period of time is Nomzamo.


It had been more than two decades since the mother of three was diagnosed with HIV, but she only began taking antiretrovirals (ARVs), which she saw as detrimental, in 2020, when she caught COVID-19. After divorcing her first husband, she married businessman Siyolo Dudumashe.

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