Well I don’t even know how to start. I have always thought I would be one of the last people who would contract the illness. I mean, I’m from the urban areas, went to multi-racial school and quite educated if I should say so myself, even though I’m not from a well-to-do family. My mother was able to provide for me and my two siblings. I waited till I was 19 before having sex, prior to being raped at 18. Even after that horrible experience, I picked myself up, learnt from it and grew stronger--even managed to get myself at university. I knew the consequences of having unprotected sex but I was ignorant. I will never blame anyone for being infected as it was also my duty to insist on condom use every time. Being an open person that I am I did not hesitate telling my family and friends...that has helped me a lot as I have received so much love and support. Basically the journey starts now and so much better is yet to come!
More about da sassi diva: I was born in Swaziland, raised in the Free-state and bred in Johannesburg. I’m 21 years old and currently residing in Cape Town as I’m pursuing higher education in Cape Peninsula University of Technology, doing my 2nd year in the applied sciences faculty. I was diagnosed with HIV in June 2011 during a routine check up. I was infected by my very first boyfriend who cheated on me while I was here in Cape Town. He stays in Johannesburg and unfortunately we broke up as a result of his infidelity. I don’t hold any grudges against him. My family fully supports me, especially my mother whom I am eternally grateful for having. She is the reason why I push myself beyond my set limits. I know I have a long way to go but for some odd reason the future looks very bright thanks to the advanced treatments, understanding and healthy diet in conjunction with exercise.
Why da sassi diva wants to be a part of A Girl Like Me: My main reason is that I want to eradicate the mentality that university students do not get infected and also show South Africa that they are still people living with this illness...despite them making notions that once infected the result is death even though there’s medicine and change of lifestyle.