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Living Positively with HIV - The Story of Velile Sikanisi

  • Living Positively with HIV - The Story of Velile Sikanisi
Living Positively with HIV - The Story of Velile Sikanisi

Velile ‘Sibongile’ Sikanisi (38)

Velile Sikanisi believes that the cultural belief that a Xhosa man should sleep with an older woman after he had been to initiation school may have been the reason why he contracted HIV .

The sexual encounter with an older woman resulted in a persistent headache for few days which prompted him to visit his nearest clinic.

Sikanisi (38) aka Sibongile in his kasi of New Brighton outside Port Elizabeth has been living with HIV for 16 years. When he was diagnosed he didn’t waste time but shared his HIV diagnosis story with his school principal who had encouraged him to take up an HIV test. He is doing very well on treatment.
More on his story, tune in Umhlobo Wenene FM

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About Brothers for Life

Brothers for Life promote positive male norms and encourage the uptake of health services such as Medical Male Circumcision (MMC), Men taking up HIV Testing, Consistent condom use by Men and reduction of sexual partners. The campaign mobilises men to actively engage in activities to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in their communities.