Nompumelelo’s story illustrates how the lack of knowledge about living with HIV and limited access to ARV treatment in rural areas causes unnecessary pain and loss. She has seen how a failure to disclose HIV status in relationships can lead to infection, and how a family’s lack of understanding can lead to fear and rejection. Nompumelelo wants people in her community to continue to learn how to care for people living with HIV and to do whatever it takes to prevent others from experiencing the pain and loss she has.
Key points to consider in viewing nompumelelo’s story
When children and adolescents learn of a friend’s or relative’s HIV positive status, feelings of hopelessness can be overwhelming. Many do not know that with the proper treatment, they can live long and healthy lives. Because youth are at a vulnerable stage in their development, they need extra support and acceptance from friends and adults. Reflect as you watch this story on your own support system, as well as on the kinds of qualities that make a person trustworthy.