Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, people have had to deal with the realities of coming out as HIV positive. When you're in the public eye, coming out as living with HIV adds a significant decision about whether you want the entire world to know about your HIV status. It can be challenging to disclose your HIV status to family and friends.
Many famous people have made the decision to reveal that aspect of themselves to the public. They may humanize the illness for many people who would not otherwise know somebody who is openly living with HIV by coming out, which frequently benefits the rest of us. They can aid in eradicating stigma and raising awareness.
Here is a list of some of the most well-known black HIV-positive individuals.
There was little hope for expectant mothers and their children 15 years ago when the radio broadcaster and social media celebrity was diagnosed. Criselda has three kids and is on the board of the South African National Aids Council.
Queen Musa Njoko
Musa Njoko, a well-known gospel singer, has had HIV for approximately 20 years at this point. She claimed that despite being given months to live, she had fought the illness for years. She contracted HIV when she was two years old.
AIDS affects Magic Johnson. In 1991, he made himself known. Magic acquired the illness as well. As a basketball player, he claims to have had numerous affairs with women.
The 23-year-old actress Saidy Brown is one of many well-known Mzansi individuals who has HIV. She discovered she had the virus at age 14. The illness caused her parents' deaths. When she was nine years old, both her mother and father passed away.
She had tested positive for HIV at her school. She was shocked by the findings and kept them a secret for six months before telling her aunt, who told her about her parents and how she might have contracted the illness. She didn't begin taking medication until her body began to deteriorate at the age of 16, after living in denial for two years.
Saidy Brown, the singer, believes that because she lived past birth as opposed to many HIV-positive babies, she was born for a reason. Despite getting turned down, she never hesitates to disclose her HIV status to potential dates.
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