Victoria Mumbula, Youth Advocate and Activist; Lusaka, Zambia
I’ve been inspired to write this after attending a session on Tuesday 19th July. I have been living with HIV for 22 years now and it took me until 2012 for me to disclose my status. It happened when I was given an opportunity by the ELCA and LWF to attend the 19th IAC in Washington D.C.
When I arrived, I didn’t know to expect. It was my first time being in an environment where HIV/AIDS was the key subject.Since that time, I have taken every opportunity that I am given because I want to be an instrument to friends, family, church and community. I want people to use me and learn from my life experiences as a person living with HIV and a person with hope for a better tomorrow!
It wasn’t until Tuesday, 19th July that I stopped blaming my auntie, whom I call my mother, because she’s the only women I have known and is the best. I have always blamed her for allowing me to have so many friends and live a normal childhood like all the normal kids. I have a best friend who does not know about my status. I have known her since we were in the 3rd grade. I have not told her because when I bring up the topic of HIV, she says, “I swear that one day I will test HIV positive and I will die.” I know understand my mother’s reasons for note telling me. Continue reading “Supporting Adolescents Through Early Disclosure: A Call To Justice”