Sediapelo is an HIV+ woman from Botswana. She spent years in denial of her status, having unprotected sex with multiple partners and struggling with substance use. But after her father passed away she realised the preciousness of life and worked hard to overcome self-stigma and embrace a life of living positively.
Special thanks to the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa for providing this story.
Key points to consider in viewing Sediapelo’s story
Attitudes about sex can vary by gender, and people often condemn those (especially women) who have multiple partners. Sediapelo speaks very frankly in this story about her own sexual behaviour. She is now able to reflect on the causes and consequences of her actions. In watching this story, remember that people respond to the news that they’re positive in many different ways. Above all, remember that it’s important to challenge negative attitudes towards those who are living with HIV and AIDS.