Living with HIV comes with many challenges that make many victims refuse to declare their status.
But a 26-year-old lady is changing the status quo as she has boldly come out to declare herself as HIV positive on social media. Today, December 1, 2018, being World AIDS Day, Doreen Moraa Moracha, a Kenyan lady, thought it wise to inspire others with her story.
According to her, she was born HIV positive to discordant parents (the father is negative but the mother is positive).
While three of her siblings did not have the virus, she and her little brother who has since died were positive.
Moracha revealed that doctors had told her parents that she had only four years to live when she was first diagnosed at eight years.
But 18 years later, Moracha who celebrated her birthday on August 8 said: she is”still here going strong dealing with self-stigma, societal stigma, discrimination and rejection but still standing strong.”
Using her case as an example, Moracha advised all to get tested since HIV is not the death sentence many people fear it to be.
“Most people fear HIV because they know it is a death sentence. Well, I’m here to prove you wrong. I’ve been living positively for 26 years so if it was a death sentence shouldn’t I be dead already?,” she retorted.
Moracha added: “People say I make HIV look easy but it is easy I am not ready to give a small virus power over my life I accepted my status and every day I declare that I am greater than HIV”.
Good morning allow me to reintroduce myself:
My name is Doreen Moraa Moracha 26 years ago I was born to a HIV discordant couple mum is positive, dad is negative (they are still together) I am a third born in a family of 5,4 of us are still alive my little brother went to be with the Lord my other 3 siblings are HIV negative.
The journey has been good, bad and ugly my doctors gave me just 4 years to live when my parents found out I am HIV positive but 18 years later I am s…
Moracha’s inspiration and advice could not have come at a better time as their the theme for year’s World AIDS Day celebration is ‘get tested and know your status.’