When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1997, apart from the shock and fear and my whole life being turned upside down, I had to deal with the reality the programs and services were largely focused on men.
I am Angel and I am from the southern part of Africa. I am 39 years old and this is my story.
If a confident, articulate person like me has had so much hesitation and struggle around living with HIV, then how must it be for others?
I am acutely aware that the lived experience of women living with HIV today is still mired in ignorance and invisibility.
Women living with HIV are not seen as a priority group for contracting HIV, so we are not routinely tested and don’t receive targeted education for women.