Bisi Alimi , a Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker and blog writer has opened up on his battle with Human Immune Virus (HIV), Oyogist reports.
In a recent post, the outspoken activist revealed how he had been battling with HIV and how his best friend died at 26 from AIDS.
Alimi wrote on his IG page:
“Eighteen years ago, at the National AIDS conference in Abuja and with nudging from friends, I walked into a testing booth for the first time. I walked out with HIV positive test result. Two years before then, I had just lost my best friend to AIDS, and he was around 26yrs.
“I have been living with HIV since I was 29, this year I clocked 47. Between 2004-2009, I kept quiet about my HIV status cos of shame and stigma.
“Then I realised, HIV doesn’t kill, it is stigma, the shame and the discrimination that does.Here is to 18yrs of positivity and many more years to come. Please get tested today.”