South African entertainer, Zodwa Wabantu takes to Instagram to wish her 480k followers a good and happy World AIDS month and also takes an opportunity to respond to HIV positive claims asked by a few of her fans and followers.
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Ubutshwala bu Tshisa Egazini 😂😂😂 Abaziyo kune HIV Positive phakathi Kimi😂😂😂😂😂 Eyami okusalayo & ngiyayithanda kakhulu. I love you HIV,Happy World Aids Month. When People talk remember there are really People who are going thru this HIV & Bayanisaba Baze Bafe. Mina ngizonikhulumela Shame. Angisabi lutho emhlabeni Wenkosi👊 This is how you talk the Talk Zodwa Wabantu way🤝🏾💪🥇 Ungaphiki nami ngibizwa Ngawo wonke amagama asemhlabeni🤟🤞
Zodwa Wabantu responds to questions over her HIV status after her fans asked her to reveal her status.
However, She tells her fans that she’s not ready to reveal her HIV status. Zodwa Wabantu says she’s aware of the insensitive jokes and stereotypes around the disease, in case, she reveals her status.
She said, “I have friends who are infected by HIV/ Aids and who are constantly looked down upon. As Zodwa I stand up for the people. I have grown up being called a b*tch and a wh*re. People always make jokes about HIV and say that I sleep around and I should be HIV positive or that it will catch up with me.
“I am not the kind of person that will get sensitive and defend myself. Instead, I will fight back. It is not their right to ‘out’ people or force people to reveal their status. They are being bullies if they are and so I will tell them that. Your status is your business. It is yours, embrace it. Don’t allow others to make a mockery of it. You can’t be asking people what is wrong with them when they are sick but you have already decided in your head that they are HIV positive. People are so good about saying things behind closed doors and then come out in public and say ‘Happy Aids Day’. I am not like that.”
Zodwa insists that she will not reveal her status but she’s here to stand up for those who are already victims of HIV/AIDS disease and also fight the stigma.