Read the public declaration this 21 year old South African made on Twitter

Read the public declaration this 21 year old South African made on Twitter
Read the public declaration this 21 year old South African made on Twitter
A few days ago, 21 year old South African, Saidy Brown shared the following message on her Twitter feed โ€“ Photo credit Twitter

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โ€œWhen I found out at 14 that I was HIV-positive, I didnโ€™t think I would live to see 18, I am turning 22 this year.โ€

Since tweeting those words, over 8 thousand people have re-shared her hopeful message, with many praising her courage for speaking publicly about her own experience with the virus.

In an interview with BBC, the 21-year-old said,

โ€œWhen I was younger, I was so scared of how people would perceive me.

โ€œBut now Iโ€™ve grown and peopleโ€™s opinions really donโ€™t phase me. I think emotionally Iโ€™ve become stronger.

โ€œI started disclosing it when I was 18.

โ€œIโ€™m in a relationship currently. Itโ€™s very amazing because usually I disclose right at the beginning of the relationship.โ€

โ€œSo once the person decides that they want to stay with me then itโ€™s all good, but if they decide to leave, itโ€™s still fine.

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