Aids is about responsibility

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

Sowetan columnist and Aids activist Lucky Mazibuko told the congregation at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto, yesterday that six million South Africans live with the HIV-Aids virus.

He said it was critical that infected people should believe in themselves and stop blaming others for their situation, including the government.

"Confidence is critical on how to deal with the reality that you are positive. I have lived with the virus for 16 years and the reason I survived until today is that I believe in myself," he said.

Mazibuko said being positive did not make people less human and infected people who lived longer were those who took responsibility.

"HIV is not about your community. It's not about government but about yourself. We do things and we want to blame somebody else other than ourselves," said Mazibuko.

He said infected people should ensure they adhered to a proper diet and take the message of eating vegetables seriously.

"People are condemning the Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang for saying infected people should include in their diet garlic and beetroot," he said, adding that garlic was helpful since infected people were prone to mouth sores.