10 people living with HIV share their before and after diagnosis photos – and it’s inspiring!

Thembisa Qwabe. (Photo: Twitter @_MamaKaNone)
Thembisa Qwabe. (Photo: Twitter @_MamaKaNone)

The narrative around HIV and living with the illness has changed drastically over the years.

Unlike a few years ago when many people were misinformed about the immune disease – the stigma has died down and that has lead to more people publicly coming out as HIV positive. And what better place to come out than on social media!

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In a recent Twitter thread, Twitter user Thembisile Qwabe shared that she has been living with the virus for 15 years and has been growing strong since. She then shared a before and after diagnosis picture with her followers which prompted other people living with HIV to also share theirs.

Here are 10 of some of the inspirational stories which have been shared on the thread so far: