The Most Difficult Conversation About HIV?
Nearly half of South Africa's estimated seven million HIV-positive people are on antiretrovirals but more than three decades into the country's HIV epidemic, many parents still struggle to tell their children about their status, writes Kristen van Schie for Bhekisisa.
Nokuthula grappled with disclosing her status to her children and still hasn't told her youngest, 12.
Nomsa's decision to tell her children her HIV status was in part fueled by their father's illness. She wanted to let her teenagers know she would be okay.
To keep families safe from HIV stigma, children can only discuss their mothers' HIV status with a set of approved adults including counsellors like Samukelisiwe Dube.