Initiative Update

Born With HIV and 26 Years Later Still Going Strong

charlenegailtaruwona
Posted January 13, 2022 from Zimbabwe
Born with HIV and 26 years later, still going strong
On The Charlene Show set, Vengesai shares her heartbreaking yet empowering story. Born with HIV and 26 years later, still going strong.

On 1 December 2021- World AIDS Day - I interviewed Vengai on The Charlene Show. Vengai is a young lady who was born with HIV and now, 26 years later, she is still going strong. I listened to Vengai’s heartbreaking yet empowering story. How she came from denial to being sick to the point of death, discrimination, gender based violence, rejection, suicide attempts to eventually finding herself and taking her life back.

Gender inequality, violence, and poverty make women particularly vulnerable to HIV, and those living with HIV face heightened discrimination with cultural norms and taboos around HIV not making it any better for them. Vengai’s story teaches us that HIV is not a death sentence... there is life after testing HIV positive. She managed to pull through the huddles thrown at her and now at 26 she is living a healthy and happy life.

Here is the link to Vengai’s full episode: https://youtu.be/ViFIjqXJGeU. Let us join our hands to fight against this disease which is threatening many lives. Health is the most important thing for a person and HIV is the biggest threat to our health. Let us create awareness not only on World AIDS Day but EVERYDAY.

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rebecca.tang
Jan 13
Jan 13

Thank you for sharing. Charlene is really strong and her story is really inspiring. On one hand, we hope that there will be medicine to appear to help the people having HIV. On the other hand, it also requires to give more support to them. There are still a lot of misunderstanding on the disease. It needs more education and increase the awareness.
Please keep the great work on!
May Almighty God bless you, Charlene and everyone suffering from HIV!

charlenegailtaruwona

Yes Rebecca. Indeed there are still a lot of misconceptions regarding HIV. We are still a long way to actually having people to really understand the disease but bit by bit we are making progress and we will get there. Thank you for the blessings. May the Most High bless you too Rebecca

Beth Lacey
Jan 17
Jan 17

It is so wonderful that you are showcasing people who are surviving and thriving with HIV. You are a myth-buster

charlenegailtaruwona

Thank you so much Beth.