Kisaasi Ndudu is home to one of the least known love stories. It is in this village that Mr and Mrs Katabazi Michael Messiah call home. The young couple broke new ground in October when they decided to legalize their relationship in an introduction ceremony at Barbara’s parents. They officially got married on Saturday, in a wedding that surprised many. This is because the gorgeous Michael is HIV negative while Barbara is HIV positive. They are living in a discordant relationship. HIV discordance is where one of two sexual partners is HIV positive while the other is HIV negative. Katabazi asserts that it was not a smooth journey for him when it came to unveiling the kind of woman to his family that he had chosen to spend the rest of his life with. Predictably, his parents objected to the relationship. Barbara recalls these moments with so much pain. Her in-laws boycotted both the introduction ceremony and the wedding. The couple plans to have their first child in 2017. They have undergone massive counseling to prepare them for the bumpy road ahead and have settled for condom use, for now. Barbara Kemigisa cannot tell how she acquired the virus, although she remembers being defiled by her uncle from the age of six. The uncle convinced her with sweets, ordering her to keep silent of the affair. She later realized she was both pregnant and HIV positive in 2008. She gave birth to a baby girl. Unfortunately, the six year old girl is also HIV positive. Barbara now sees light at the end of the tunnel in her found life.
Read More: http://www.nollygrio.com Lebogang Brenda Motsumi is a young South African lady who has been living with the HIV virus for about three years. She broke the internet when she revealed her status to the world. People living with HIV virus are often stigmatised to the point where they are expected to stay locked up in their houses and never step out. The weird way people look at them in the society is enough to make them depressed as most people worry about sharing personal effects with them. As a matter of fact, it is not the virus that kills people, it is depression often experienced by those living with the virus that sends them to an early grave. However, Motsumi had fought her own battles within; she had wrestled with her thoughts and have decided to come clean after putting the demons where they belong. She is one hell of a fighter as she is not ready to let her status define her. Lebo, as she is fondly called, has her eyes fixed on the brighter side of life as she is not ready to cave in to depression that often comes with that status. She is an HIV activist who has chaired many gatherings aimed at encouraging young people who are living with the virus. Lebo got to know about her status in year 2009 after her ex-boyfriend shared his status. She felt she could test positive to the virus but refused to admit it could every happen to her. She was healthy about this time and did not see the need to go for a test as she thought she was beyond the virus. She acknowledged in an interview that a late Kwaito singer, Tebogo ‘Zombo’ Ndlovu infected her with the virus. The saddest part was that she was never in love with him as she claimed to have been with him for the fame. She was a naive seventeen-year-old who got more than what she bargained for. This beautiful young lady was diagnosed with the virus in 2009 even though she did not accept her new status till 2011. She was pregnant then and was faced with the decision of protecting the growing child in her. She joined a youth support group which made her realise she was not the only one living with the virus. Lebogang sees herself as the host to the virus as she is not willing to let it take charge of her life. Her daughter was born and protected from the virus. She has refused to get limited by her status as she runs her own support organisation. She uses her medications actively even though it is a challenge. The beautiful mother of one does not see herself as the virus; rather, she sees herself as a strong person. She believes the mind could be a great cure for this virus. She advised the youths to always use protection if they do not have the patience to wait till after marriage to have sex. This is because you can never tell what your partner is doing behind you. This advice is the same one that has been heard by youths many times, yet it is considered to be the most effective way of being safe when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Music: Last Kiss Goodnight by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100611 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
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