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'I am HIV positive', former soccer player reveals

By Faeza
08 February 2016

AIDS

A former South African soccer player has disclosed his HIV status as part of the World AIDS awareness month.

Former Roses FC and Tigers FC player Thabang Sefatsa has revealed he has been living with HIV for the past 2 years.

Sefatsa said that he retired from soccer in 2013 after testing positive for HIV, a disease he has learned to live with, as the soccer bosses are not very kind to players living with the disease.

"I have accepted, very strongly. It's not like it's something I can change. Of course it was heavy in the first weeks (after testing) because the lifestyle changes from there," he said.

"Now I need to know that at 8 o'clock in the evening I need to eat and drink my ARVs. It has become a daily routine. Every night I drink it."

Talking to hundreds of young South Africans at the Pretoria Events Centre, Sefatsa said that there is nothing wrong with being positive and encouraged them to test.

"When I got up to address the youngsters here I saw them dragging their seats back to be as far as possible from me as they could not believe an HIV positive person is before them.

"I then told them I am in good health as they can see. I am fit," he said.

He said he decided to reveal his HIV status because he wants to encourage people to start testing.

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