4 December 2012

Namibia: Living Positively Requires Courage - Delila Uugwanga

Walvis Bay — For an HIV positive person to live positively one must accept and confront the challenges of being HIV/AIDS positive on a daily basis. This is the message from Delila Uugwanga, who has been living with the HIV virus for several years.

Uugwanga was addressing the public World Aids Day commemoration in Walvis Bay last Friday. Uugwanga became a motivational speaker and a counsellor to fellow HIV positive people after testing positive for HIV. She says living positively and accepting one's fate plays an essential part in conquering the virus.

"I have been eating healthy and living positively each day. I have never used anti-retrovirals since I contracted the disease," she said, adding: "I want to encourage all my fellow Namibians to accept the virus once you test positive - the sooner you accept the virus, the better. You need to tell the virus that you are in control and not the virus."

The Namibia Business Coalition on AIDS (Nabcoa) commemorated World Aids Day at Walvis Bay ahead of the national official commemoration day in Arandis next week. This year the nation commemorates the day under the theme 'Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths.'

The deputy mayor of Walvis Bay, Benson Uakumba urged businesses to increase projects aimed at strengthening awareness creation, support and clear-cut interventions in order to reduce and mitigate threats associated with HIV. "I am happy that the stigma associated with HIV is slowly moving out of our minds. It shows a positive sign to disclose HIV status without fear of victimisation."

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