Pave the Way for an HIV free Generation

My name is Simiso Msomi, I'm now 26 years old and I was born, raised and still reside in Durban. I live at home with my family of five. I'm an electrician by profession.

When I was 19 years old I started dating this beautiful girl. We fell deeply in love and as time went on, we started having unprotected sex. Of course she was frequently testing, and the results always came back negative, so I thought I was also negative. When I was 21 years old, I went for my first ever HIV test and the results came out positive.

I was shocked, in disbelief, angry and had a lot of resentment towards myself. I kinda lost myself for a bit, and started looking at myself differently. I became depressed and negative about life until I decided that I needed help to deal with all of this, and I got the help. I monitored my health, joined the gym, gained my confidence back and educated myself about this HIV, my HIV. I claimed back control of my life. I started my treatment 3 years ago and my health has improved.  My viral load is undetectable.

I now give help to newly infected people, because I know what's it's like to be in that dark space when you get your diagnosis. I also teach youth about preventative measures when it comes to HIV, like medical male circumcision and proper condom usage. I guess you could call me an activist. But what is most important to me is HCT (HIV counselling and testing).  I encourage everyone I meet to test for HIV so that if you are positive you will find out early about your diagnosis and be treated. So I urge and encourage people reading this to please go for an HIV test and pave the way for a HIV -FREE generation.

By Simiso Msomi

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B-Wise User Jacket 15 April 2020 18:07

I don't mean to be negative but I fear Det they won't find a cure 4 HIV coz de ARV company won't make money an if they do and Des a guy I heard in de news det had a cure 4 de disease he was later killed 4 trying to expand de remedy I fear de same 4 covid-19 I don't know what they r tryna do 4 humanity

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2020 13:28

Hi there,

Thank you for sharing your opinion.

B-Wise User Anonymous 21 November 2019 17:18

Being HIV+ was probably the last thing on your mind because your girlfriend frequently tested, I can only imagine the shock & disbelief you felt when your results came out But I want you to know that you have an inspiring story, a lot of people can learn from you. Especially if you encourage them.big ups

B-Wise Expert Expert 25 November 2019 11:24

Thank you for your feedback !

B-Wise User Anonymous 19 August 2018 10:15

I'm inspired really.

B-Wise User Anonymous 20 October 2017 15:05

Nd we cont judge nobody is perfect if u have a health life nd mind set u can live longer god bless

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:45

Hi, thank you for your feedback. That is true nobody is perfect and we shouldn't judge anyone.

B-Wise User Anonymous 11 July 2017 13:22

Thnx buda ppl lyk uu r stl needed....we must knw were we stand as ppl

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 11:52

Hey there, thank you for your feedback. That is true, it is important to let people know more about these stories and make them more aware.