Living Positively

BonileBonile Peter I am an HIV positive male living openly and positively with HIV. I was tested on 17 May 2001 and subsequently got involved with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), an organization that fights for the rights and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS as a volunteer; doing awareness at school and talking about my HIV status.

I began studying Psychology at the University of the Western Cape in 2003. I have been working at the university’s HIV/AIDS Programme since 2002 as a Health Promoter. I talk about my status and do one-to-one supportive counselling to those who test positive for HIV. I have been trained by Dramaide in advocacy, positive living, gender and communication, presentation and facilitation skills.

I have taken part in a television series called “Beat It” (Siyanqoba) whereby a group of HIV positive men and women discuss issues like positive living, nutrition and Tuberculosis and HIV. The series was showing on SABC 1 (Yamampela) since 2 September 2004. I do one-to-one supportive counseling to those who test positive for HIV. I organize and run support groups, raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, encourage people to test for HIV, and advice people about treatment and promote positive living. The university runs a support group for staff. The group meets once to twice a week and is totally confidential. It is facilitated and arranged by HIV positive students.

If you have any questions or need to contact me for further information, I can be reached at the following contact details:

Tel: (021) 959 2432 (w)
Cell: 073 227 7320
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Faghmeda Miller, 42, hid her HIV-positive status from her Muslim community for two years.

My husband died seven months into our marriage.  It was sixteen years ago when we were not so well informed about AIDS.  My husband’s death had been a mystery to everyone...until I tested positive several months later.  I kept the diagnosis a secret and was filled with shame, anger and bitterness towards the world, God and my late husband. Isolated, afraid and discouraged, I struggled to understand why it had happened to me.  Sick, depressed, terrified of being ostracised, sad that I would never have a child and feeling guilty for keeping a secret, I knew that I wouldn’t get better until I told the truth.  I finally confided in my parents.  They were devastated but supportive. They told my siblings, who took my parents for counselling. Two years later, I felt confident enough to tell my community.

Many in my community were supportive, saying it was time for someone to break the silence.  Others showed open disgust.  That was when I made it my life’s purpose to educate people about the disease.  I am the first Muslim woman to disclose her status in my community, and I have since co-founded the organisation Positive Muslims. Today, I tell people newly diagnosed with HIV to confide in at least one person.

Tel: (021) 9592445
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