Being HIV positive for Ranawai

Apolosi Ranawai, during the launch of Redlubimize Campaign at Shenigans last night. Picture: JONA KONATACI

BEING HIV positive comes with a pain like scattered mirrors on the floor, says Apolosi Ranawai.

The youth activist who was diagnosed with the disease seven years ago said the journey had been a tough one for him personally.

Speaking at the World AIDS Day celebrations in Suva yesterday, Mr Ranawai said it was the support he received from other people that helped him endure the pain of being a person living with HIV.

“I knew my status for seven years and until today I feel fine about it, there is nothing to worry about,” he said.

“It’s just a simple thing that can be taken away by a midnight sleep. Being diagnosed with the disease needs you to stand with me, whether it be from the medical facilities, social services or by the community at large where we live.”

People with the disease, Mr Ranawai said should be treated equally like any other human being and that they played vital roles in Fiji like paying taxes.

“Accept where we are and for who we are,” he said.

“It’s just a simple diagnosis that has given us HIV, it’s been there for three decades and Fiji continues to fight after its first case in 1989.

“We will stand united with everybody to show ourĀ solidarity,Ā Fiji needs to get 90 per cent of its population tested. “If you are tested positive, do know that there is treatment available,” he added.

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