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Mkhize twin brothers promote positive HIV stories through online platform

5 December 2016 12:17 PM

Thula and Ntokozo Mkhize decided to change the image associated with HIV when one of them learnt that he was HIV positive.

Thula and Ntokozo Mkhize say they decided to change the existing image of HIV when one of them discovered in 2009 that he was living with HIV.

They founded Good Stories - to share stories of people living positively with HIV and make a difference in challenging stereotypes and stigma associated with HIV.

The point that you have raised now that you don't even know who is HIV positive is part of the angle that we take most of the time, because from just looking at someone, you can't tell whether they are HIV positive or not.

Ntokozo Mkhize, co-founder of Good Stories

Between the two of us, if you want to discriminate against one, then discriminate against the both of us.

Ntokozo Mkhize, co-founder of Good Stories

They say people forget that the advancement in medicine and technology has allowed HIV positive people to live normal lives.

Thula Mkhize describes a difficult case he dealt with where a young HIV positive girl was afraid to go and get her antiretroviral medication at the clinic because the staff judged her.

One of my difficult cases was this girl that I met, who said to me 'I'm a virgin, but if I go to get my pill at the clinic, the nurses say you are also having sex so young'.

Thula Mkhize, co-founder of Good Stories

Listen to their full story in the interview with Karima Brown on Talk At Nine show...


5 December 2016 12:17 PM