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All strength to musician Umanji for finally telling the truth about the mysterious ailment that has afflicted him for years.

All strength to musician Umanji for finally telling the truth about the mysterious ailment that has afflicted him for years.

It was a really brave move on his part - and the right thing to do.

The renowned musician has helped dent the edifice of denial and stigma that makes the battle against HIV and Aids so much more difficult.

That the entertainer felt compelled to lie about his disease, fearing the truth might deprive him of a recording deal, speaks volumes about the lack of soul among industry bosses who place profit before the welfare of their artists.

Umanji's remarkable recovery, from weighing a mere 35kg when he was admitted to hospital, to 60kg, shows antiretrovirals do work.

May more celebrities battling the disease in silence must emulate his example of showing that HIV can be beaten.

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