#WorldAidsDay: I have been positive for 16 years, Gay activist, Alimi says

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By Aiyeku Timothy

As the World Aids Day is being celebrated, Nigerian Gay activist, Bisi Alimi, revealed on his Instagram page that he tested positive for HIV 16 years ago.

He lamented how the first four years was tough because of the stigma and the discrimination he faced at the time but expressed delight to have overcome all of that owing to the support and love from the people close to him.

His post read: “It has been 16yrs since I tested positive for HIV. 16yrs I have been living with the virus. The first 4yrs was hard and tough for me, not because of the virus, but because of the stigma and the discrimination and shame.”

Every 1st of December is set aside by the world to commemorates World AIDS Day with people around the world uniting to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility” to help solve a growing list of challenges that World AIDS Day has alerted people to globally.

About 33 million people are reported to have lost their lives to the pandemic, ever since it broke out and the United Kingdom says it is committed to ending the pandemic by 2030.

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