Bisi Alimi, a popular Nigerian Gay activist, took to Instagram to celebrate World Aid's Day after he tested positive to the virus 16 years ago.
Sharing a post today, December 1, in celebration of World AIDS Day, Bisi said the first four years after he was diagnosed with HIV was very tough.
According to him, it was not only the HIV diagnoses that made him it tough, but the stigma and discrimination he faced at that time.
He added that he was able to overcome the challenges because of the support and love from the people that mattered to him.
Sharing a photo of his blood sample being extracted from his arm, he wrote:
“On this World AIDS Day, I want to share this again. It’s has been 16yrs I tested positive for HIV. 16yrs I have been living with the virus. The first 4yrs was hard and tough for me, not because of the virus, but because of the stigma and the discrimination and shame. I look back at those 16yrs and where I am today and there is no better way to say this; the resilience and support and love of the people that matter has kept me alive, kept loving, and kept me inspired.
If you are living with HIV, please know that it is no more a death sentence and you can actually live positively with HIV.
Finally, I hope you will acknowledge and appreciate that you are all you have and this life is a gift and what others say or think about you is not your business, but theirs. Happy World AIDS Day”