Intro - Mel Painter

mel'Read all about it…' plays on the radio 'How old was she, the girl that sang that?' my daughter asks.  'I'm not sure 23…24.' my reply was not about by Emieli Sande, but a beautiful, brave young woman that stood alone when JOYFUL NOISE first sang at the NAZ awards ceremony a few weeks before.  What a night, we rocked and we roared, how I love all that the choir for PLWHIV stands and sings for.

'She has lived with HIV all her life,' I continue carefully, grateful that I have a door open to discuss the virus. I disclosed when she was 13, and just last year to my youngest at just 11. They didn't ask many questions, so I didn't share much, just I have it, but you can't tell people.  'I'm ok, and that's why I go to hospital every 6 months to check and why I don't let you use my razors, you're too young to shave your legs anyway!' We don't talk about it, I believed, because it didn't come up, but then I joined the choir and things changed.

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