Activist; Bisi Alimi Celebrates 18 Years Of Living With HIV

LGBTQ activist, Bisi Alimi celebrates 18 years of living with HIV.

The 47-year-old, who was diagnosed with HIV when he was 29 years old took to his social media page to celebrate, as well as, encourage others, who may be living with this condition.

According to him, he kept his status private for the 1st 5 years and then realized that HIV does not kill, rather the stigma, shame, and discrimination from the society kills faster.

In his words, Eighteen years ago, at the National AIDS conference in Abuja and with nudging from friends, I walked into a testing booth for the first time.

I walked out with HIV positive test result. Two years before then, I had just lost my best friend to AIDS, and he was around 26yrs.

I have been living with HIV since I was 29, this year I clocked 47.

Between 2004-2009, I kept quiet about my HIV status cos of shame and stigma.

Then I realised, HIV doesn’t kill, it is stigma, the shame and the discrimination that does.

Here is to 18yrs of positivity and many more years to come.

Please get tested today.

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