LOOK: 22-Year-Old Woman shares her HIV-positive status on Twitter and it is an INSPIRATION

A South African woman has publicly shared her HIV-positive status on Twitterand has inspired many others as a result

– She was born with the condition but did not know until she voluntarily went for testing when she was 14

– Her tweet inspired many others to come forward with their equally inspirational stories

A 22-year-old South African womanpublicly shared her HIV-positive status on Twitter last week and inspired many others as a result.

Woman, 22, shares her HIV-positive status on Twitter and it is an INSPIRATION (photos)

Saidy Brown shared her HIV status and story on Twitter

Saidy Brown revealed that she discovered she was HIV-positive when she voluntarily went for testing at the age of 14.

She added that she was shocked and scared and that she didn’t tell anyone until six months later, when she told her aunt. Her aunt then informed her that her parents had passed away from Aids and that she had likely contracted the virus at birth.

When I found out at 14 that I was HIV positive, I didn’t think I would live to see 18,I am turning 22 this year. ❤❤pic.twitter.com/drZDVCorPK

She also said that she had not expected to live to see her 18th birthday. She started using anti-retroviral treatments when her health started deteriorating.

Saidy’s Twitter revelation and story inspired others to share their stories too. For instance, Mmabatho Ranake said she found out her positive status when she was 17 and now she is almost 30.

When I found out at 14 that I was HIV positive, I didn’t think I would live to see 18,I am turning 22 this year. ❤❤pic.twitter.com/drZDVCorPK

@saidy_brown Wow,you are one of thee most courageous people. Positive outlook 👌👌. Your faith kept you strong. You’ll live still.. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

Saidy also received hundreds of encouraging and supportive responses, with many lauding her bravery and positivity in coming out publicly.

When I found out at 14 that I was HIV positive, I didn’t think I would live to see 18,I am turning 22 this year. ❤❤pic.twitter.com/drZDVCorPK

@saidy_brown you are so strong, sharing your story inspire us…Many more years to live💕💕💕💕💕

Others pointed out that she looks healthy and beautiful:

When I found out at 14 that I was HIV positive, I didn’t think I would live to see 18,I am turning 22 this year. ❤❤pic.twitter.com/drZDVCorPK

Saidy said she took the decision to go public in order to help confront the challenge of stigma associated with the condition and to demonstrate that there is life after a positivediagnosis.

She hopes to pursue a career in the media.

To see more efforts aimed at fighting HIV/Aids stigma, check out the video below.

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