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I could not stand idly by

Suzanne Beukes • 

I could not stand idly by. I knew I could take action and be responsible for my life. I decided to become a spokesperson because I do not want any more children to be born with the HIV virus like me.

Like millions of children around the world, I was infected with the HIV virus at birth. I would take medication continuously and I would ask my father why I was taking medicine all the time.

It was only when I was at the youth centre in Moundou that they informed me I was infected with the virus. It was a bit difficult at times … It was difficult. Let’s leave it at that. 

Mani Djelassem Virgille

I could not stand idly by. I knew I could take action and be responsible for my life. I decided to become a spokesperson because I do not want any more children to be born with the HIV virus like me.

Like millions of children around the world, I was infected with the HIV virus at birth. I would take medication continuously and I would ask my father why I was taking medicine all the time.

It was only when I was at the youth centre in Moundou that they informed me I was infected with the virus. It was a bit difficult at times … It was difficult. Let’s leave it at that. 

I’m not ashamed.

I could not stand the stigmatization and I decided to join the teenagers club of the Center Djenandoum Naasson. This is where I found some relief and hope. Before, I felt like that stigma would be attached to me, now it’s different. I’m not ashamed and I hope more and more will join the movement.

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